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The Importance Placed on the Monitoring of Food Safety and Quality by Australian Consumers
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Flinders University; Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, Australia
Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University; Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, Australia
Population Research and Outcomes Studies, Adelaide University; Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Received: 27 March 2013; in revised form: 14 May 2013 / Accepted: 23 May 2013 / Published: 27 May 2013
Abstract: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) estimates that Australians experience 5.4 million incidents of food poisoning each year, making food safety a significant public health issue. This paper describes and analyses the importance placed by Australians on the role of the agencies and actors that regulate the safety and quality of food. A computer assisted telephone interviewing survey addressing aspect of food safety was administrated to a random sample of 1,109 participants across all Australian states (response rate 41.2%). Only 44.6% of participants viewed the monitoring of food safety and quality as ‘Very important’, with greatest significance placed upon personal monitoring (76.0%) and the role of the Federal government (51.1%). The media (22.5%) and local council (32.4%) were viewed as the least important agents. When data were combined to create an index of general monitoring, participants under 30; respondents in outer regional areas; and men identified food monitoring as less important; while respondents from households with 5 or more members viewed food monitoring as more important than respondents from smaller households.
Keywords: food safety; food regulation; survey; public health; Australia
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Henderson, J.; Mamerow, L.; Taylor, A.W.; Ward, P.R.; Meyer, S.B.; Coveney, J. The Importance Placed on the Monitoring of Food Safety and Quality by Australian Consumers. Laws 2013, 2, 99-114.
Henderson J, Mamerow L, Taylor AW, Ward PR, Meyer SB, Coveney J. The Importance Placed on the Monitoring of Food Safety and Quality by Australian Consumers. Laws. 2013; 2(2):99-114.
Henderson, Julie; Mamerow, Loreen; Taylor, Anne W.; Ward, Paul R.; Meyer, Samantha B.; Coveney, John. 2013. "The Importance Placed on the Monitoring of Food Safety and Quality by Australian Consumers." Laws 2, no. 2: 99-114.