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Food safety a major concern for Americans

November 14, 2008 by  

How do we know the government is protecting our health?Many Americans remain concerned about the quality of their food – and they want the government to do more to protect their safety, a new survey suggests.

The Consumer Reports National Research Center poll of 1,001 adults found that 48 percent of the respondents felt the safety of the U.S. food supply had decreased and only a little more than half felt the government was doing everything it could to ensure food safety.

Additionally, the findings reveal that Americans are concerned with genetically engineered food. Some 95 percent believe genetically engineered food should be labeled as such and 70 percent agree that cloning animals for food should be prohibited.

Possibly in light of recent E. Coli and salmonella outbreaks which caused various health problems, 83 percent of those polled said they are concerned with harmful bacteria or chemicals in food.

Presently, processed and mixed ingredient foods, and some 11 percent of meat and fish, are exempt from new country of origin labeling (COOL), which went into effect in September. The study found that Americans want to close these loopholes.

The current COOL rule which took effect September 30, 2008 requires that retailers notify customers of the country of origin for a number of commodities – from ground beef to macadamia nuts.
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