Food Safety Is Major Concern of Food ShoppersBy
When it comes to buying food, avoiding foodborne disease is as
important as taste to both men and women. Thats one finding of
USDAs latest nationwide food consumption survey, called What
We Eat In America.
The survey was conducted by the
Surveys Research Group of USDA's
Eighty-eight percent of the women questioned during the first two
years of the survey rated food safety as very important--slightly
higher than the 86 percent who gave taste a similar rating. Food
safety captured a very important vote from 79 percent of
the men questioned; taste was very important to 78 percent.
Facts about a foods nutritional quality were less important,
however. More than half of men and 40 percent of women rarely or never
use label information about a serving size or statements describing
how foods and health problems are related.
Nearly 4,000 men and women answered these and other questions about
their attitudes toward and knowledge of dietary guidance and health.
They were among the more than 10,000 who participated in the latest
food consumption survey (1994-96) during its first two years. Other
On any given day, more than 90 percent of children ages 1 to 11 eat
breakfast. This meal contributes only about one-fifth of the calories
children eat daily. But it provides higher percentages of many
vitamins and minerals that are used to fortify ready-to-eat cereals.
Americas teens drink nearly twice as much soft drinks as milk.
Adolescent girls drink less than 8 ounces of milk daily on average;
adolescent boys drink about 10 ounces.
Men and women eat less than one ounce of dark green and deep yellow
vegetables daily. That averages out to about two cooked broccoli
florets or two raw baby carrots.
Data from the third year is expected to be released early next year.
Combined 1994-95 data are available on the World Wide Web at:
Scientific contact: Katherine S. Tippett, Beltsville Human
Nutrition Research Center,
Surveys Research Group, Riverdale, Md., phone (301) 734-8457,
fax (301) 734-5496, firstname.lastname@example.org.