Food Safety Concern Drops

A new poll has found that people are less concerned about food safety than they were last year.

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According to a recent poll, Americans’ concern over food safety has declined since last year. In 2010, 61 percent of those polled said they were concerned or very concerned about food safety, compared with 57 percent this year, despite the recent recalls of salmonella-tainted ground turkey and illnesses tied to European sprouts earlier this year. Conducted by National Public Radio and Thomson Reuters, the survey also found that concern for food safety is tied to income; the income bracket with the most concern were those making less than $25,000 per year, a group in which 53 percent of people were “very concerned,” versus those in the highest income bracket making more than $100,000 per year, which had 39 percent express the same sentiment. More than 3,000 people participated in the telephone poll.

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