EFSA has added further proof to its Eurobarometer on meals security from Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, which generates perception on shopper attitudes and data of meals security. The European Meals Security Authority (EFSA) has added further proof to its Eurobarometer on meals security, which generates insights on shopper attitudes. Outcomes from 5 out of seven EU pre-accession international locations have been added to these gathered from EU member states in 2019.“I’m very happy that, for the primary time, we have been capable of generate this extra proof,” stated Barbara Gallani, Head of EFSA’s Communication, Engagement and Cooperation Division.“Our cooperation with pre-accession international locations has been rising over time and the completion of this survey marks one other essential milestone. It’s of nice worth to have insights on meals security perceptions from 5 further international locations.”Key findings embody:A very powerful elements for Europeans when shopping for meals are the place the meals comes from (53 p.c), price (51 p.c), meals security (50 p.c) and style (49 p.c)Nutrient content material is taken into account barely much less essential (44 p.c), whereas ethics and beliefs (e.g. concerns of animal welfare, environmental considerations or faith) rank lowest in significance (19 p.c)In 12 of the 28 member states, price was recognized most regularly amongst elements influencing the selection of foodOverall, 41 p.c of respondents stated that they’re ‘personally within the subject of meals security’Tv is the commonest supply of details about meals dangers – greater than two thirds of Europeans (69 p.c) say that tv is amongst their major sources of details about meals dangers. That is adopted by the Web (excluding social media) (46 p.c), newspapers and magazines (38 p.c) and household, pals and neighbours (37 p.c)Two thirds of residents have modified their consumption behaviour because of data on meals dangers. Two thirds of respondents (66 p.c) stated that they’ve modified their consumption behaviour because of data that they’ve heard or examine a meals threat; particularly, 33 p.c made a everlasting change and 33 p.c modified their behaviour for a whileOver a 3rd of respondents (36 p.c) imagine that ‘meals security data is commonly extremely technical and complicated’Round one in 5 Europeans say that meals security is their major concern when selecting meals. A small proportion of respondents (5 p.c) say that security doesn’t concern them, as a result of they assume that their physique can deal with meals security risksBy calculating an index of the general stage of consciousness of meals security matters, nearly all of respondents (55 p.c) have a excessive stage of consciousness (i.e. they’ve heard about at the least eight of the 15 matters listed)Respondents are almost certainly to be involved about antibiotic, hormone or steroid residues in meat (44 p.c), adopted by pesticide residues in meals (39 p.c), environmental pollution in fish, meat or dairy (37 p.c) and components like colors, preservatives or flavourings utilized in meals or drinks (36 p.c)Europeans are almost certainly to say that they belief scientists (82 p.c) and shopper organisations (79 p.c) for data on food-related dangers, adopted by farmers (69 p.c), nationwide authorities (60 p.c), EU establishments (58 p.c), NGOs (56 p.c) and journalists (50 p.c).