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Type: Journal article
Title: The importance placed on the monitoring of food safety and quality by Australian consumers
Author: Henderson, J.
Mamerow, L.
Taylor, A.
Ward, P.
Meyer, S.
Coveney, J.
Citation: Laws, 2013; 2(2):99-114
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 2075-471X
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Julie Henderson, Loreen Mamerow, Anne W. Taylor, Paul R. Ward, Samantha B. Meyer and John Coveney
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
Rights: © 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
DOI: 10.3390/laws2020099
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