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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1935; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091935

Does Information Pattern Affect Risk Perception of Food Safety? A National Survey in China

School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China
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Received: 2 August 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 3 September 2018 / Published: 5 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Health Services and Health Economics Research)
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Abstract

Examining the variances in the assessments of risk, as perceived by residents, facilitates the development of appropriate risk information communication strategies. This paper aims to identify the effects of information source patterns on perceived food safety risks based on demographic factors. A national survey was conducted to examine, by means of multiple regression analysis, the relationship between the public’s perceived risks, demographic factors and information access. The study finds that residents’ preferences for information sources have been empirically proven to significantly affect their perceptions of food safety. We also find that more educated young urban dwellers, as well as those without cohabitation experience, tend to perceive a higher level of risk with respect to food safety. In contrast to our expectations, gender, family income and family size are not significantly correlated with the perception of food safety risk. The findings help to explain residents’ attitudes toward food safety administration and reactions to food hazards in the Chinese context. It is recommended that the governing authorities strengthen their communication capacities using modern communication media and make full use of traditional and face-to-face communications with respect to regulations. View Full-Text
Keywords: risk perception; food safety; information source pattern; public survey risk perception; food safety; information source pattern; public survey
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Han, G.; Liu, Y. Does Information Pattern Affect Risk Perception of Food Safety? A National Survey in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1935.

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