Floridians have food waste concerns

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Carl Collen

BY CARL COLLEN

Floridians have food waste concerns

Survey finds 60 per cent of Floridians agree or strongly agree that they are worried about food waste

Floridians have food waste concerns

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A new survey has found that a majority of Floridians have acknowledged that food waste is a major concern.

60 per cent of Floridians agreed or strongly agreed that they are concerned about food waste in their household, according to a recent food waste survey of 500 Florida residents conducted by the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida.

It was also discovered through the survey that fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products most often go to waste, while beverages, spices and seafood are the food items that go to waste least.

The survey also captured public perceptions on food safety.

Results from the survey revealed that 42 per cent of Floridians feel that food safety is a major concern and 68 per cent feel responsible for their own food safety.

An overwhelming 91 per cent of Floridians often or always wash fruits and vegetables before consumption to ensure food safety, and 43 per cent use a thermometer while cooking meat.

In addition, 68 per cent of Floridians indicated that they learned about proper safe handling of food from their parents, while only 24 per cent learned about safe food practices from scientists.

“The research results show opportunities to continue to educate and communicate with consumers about food related issues such as how to reduce food waste and effective food safety practices,” said Joy Rumble, assistant professor in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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