To better understand consumers’ concerns in relation to food and represent their interests in FSA policy, we carried out consumer research and used the results to inform the development of our strategy for 2015-2020.
A literature review to consolidate knowledge, from the UK and beyond, on public opinion about emerging food technologies, such as genetically modified food and crops, cloning, nanotechnologies, irradiation, functional foods, synthetic biology and novel food processes
The report describes the findings from an FSA-funded module of questions on food technologies in the 2008 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. The module also included four questions on genetically modified (GM) food that were asked in the BSA survey in 1999 and 2003.
This research seeks to deepen our understanding of partnership models in order to support the Agency's incident prevention policy makers developing more effective partnerships with key industry stakeholders.
This research explored UK consumer responses to GM labelling, including “GM-free” labelling. The results were presented to the Board at the April 2013 meeting. The results will: (1) inform UK policy on the use of ‘GM free’ labelling and (2) ensure that the UK public’s views are reflected in our future discussions at EU level on GM labelling issues.
A renewed Foodborne Disease Strategy for 2010-2015 was developed by the Food Standards Agency with the aim of reducing foodborne disease further, and domestic food safety is a key focus of a package of research commissioned by the Agency. The aim of this project is to consolidate findings from this research.
In 2008 the FSA commissioned a pilot study to investigate the potential of eye tracking technology as a way of discerning what food packaging information shoppers really look at. This was followed (2010) by a mixed method qualitative study which also included eyetracking.
A small number of in-depth interviews were carried out to add to the Agency’s understanding of what works to secure regulatory compliance. This was accompanied by a short paper on the implications of this research, and related research, for the Agency’s work.
This evaluation provides a social science perspective on a framework for assessing and communicating uncertainty produced by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT). It evaluates existing research to consider how people understand uncertainty and how this affects the framework.