Five-Year Retrospective of the IFIC Foundation Food and Health Survey's Food Safety Findings Published in Food Protection Trends

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(Washington, D.C., May  31, 2012) — A five-year retrospective of findings from the International Food Information Council Foundation’s Food & Health Survey, “International Food Information Council Foundation Food and Health Survey, 2006–2010, Food Safety: A Web-enabled Survey,” has been published in the June 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Food Protection Trends.

The IFIC Foundation’s annual Food & Health Survey is a comprehensive national quantitative study designed to gain insights from Americans on important food safety, nutrition, and health-related topics.

The Food Protection Trends article details findings on consumer perceptions toward food safety and critical food-handling practices. Having tracked these perceptions since 2006, the IFIC Foundation provides unique insights into consumer opinions and how they may have changed over time. The article details consumer views regarding who is responsible for the safety of the food supply; confidence in the safety of the food supply; self-reported food safety and preparation practices; and much more.    

“This article sheds light on our Survey findings, which over the course of five years reveal that consumers have knowledge gaps when it comes to behaviors relating to food safety,” said Marianne Smith Edge, an author of the article and registered dietitian who is accustomed to providing food safety and nutrition advice. “It is clear that food safety information needs to have consistent, actionable messages if we want to take positive steps towards improving consumer food safety practices.” 

The article is authored by: Mildred M. Cody, PhD, RD, Associate Professor Emerita, Georgia State University; Robert Gravani, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science, Department of Food Science, Cornell University, and Chair, IFIC Foundation Board of Trustees; Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, FADA, Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety, IFIC Foundation; Carrie Dooher, JD, formerly with the IFIC Foundation, and, presently, Vice President, Social Marketing Practice, Ogilvy Washington; and Christy White, Principal, Cogent Research, LLC.

To access the article and abstract, click here. For interview requests and any other questions, please contact the IFIC Foundation media team at 202-296-6540, or