Perception of food safety and changes in food consumption habits: A consumer analysis

Arbindra Rimal, Stanley M. Fletcher, K. H. McWatters, Sukant K. Misra, S. Deodhar

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The relationship between seven types of food safety concerns and the corresponding change in food consumption habits of 236 households in Georgia, USA was evaluated. Results showed a gap between food safety concerns and food consumption habits. Gaps were particularly evident in the cases of pesticide residues, animal drug residues, growth hormones and bacteria. For example, more than 54% of sample households were extremely concerned about pesticide residues, but only 35% actually took extreme precaution in buying items considering this perceived threat. The study indicated that educating consumers about preventive methods to reduce food safety threats will lead to reduced concerns and changes in food consumption habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2001


  • Consumption habit
  • Demographics
  • Food safety concern
  • Knowledge


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