New findings on food allergens
Over 3000 adults were surveyed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the latest Food and You survey. This report is published every two years and the information is used by the FSA to shape policy and where it needs to focus its efforts.
The survey included questions on allergy and intolerance for the first time, showing that of those who reported an adverse reaction or avoided certain foods, the most common foods that people reported having an adverse reaction to were cows’ milk and cows’ milk products (22%), cereals containing gluten (13%) and molluscs e.g. mussels, oysters (11%). It also revealed that about a quarter of those who reported having an allergy or intolerance to foods were clinically diagnosed by the NHS or private practitioner.
The survey also highlighted the importance of cleanliness and hygiene when people decide where to eat out.
72% of respondents reported that the cleanliness and hygiene of the establishment was important to them and overall a third (30%) of respondents who ate out considered this the most important factor. 43% felt that a good food hygiene rating was important and 83% reported that they had seen the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker.
For more information and insight go to: Food and You Survey