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Irish not worried about food quality

By Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent
IRISH people are only concerned with good taste when it comes to their food. And we'll happily pay more money for quality.

We don't worry too much about putting on weight, developing allergies, getting food poisoning or even being contaminated by genetically modified organisms.

We are so confident our food is safe that we rate pollution and car accidents as a far more serious threat.

Irish consumers believe more than any other EU member that our food has got much safer over the past ten years.

We attribute this to the plethora of rules and regulations about food safety that are so often complained of by producers and growers.

Our attitudes to food and its risks are part of a survey carried out throughout the EU on behalf of the European Food Safety Authority.

Food and the fear factor - What different nationalities consider when they think of food:

Greeks: pleasure.

Austrians, Poles and Spanish: hunger.

Maltese: health.

Irish: good taste.

What they fear:

Austrians: GMOs.

Belgians: dioxins.

Greeks: allergies, additives.

Maltese: bird flu.

Germans: pesticides.

Irish: poor hygiene.

 

Irish not worried about food quality

By Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent
IRISH people are only concerned with good taste when it comes to their food. And we'll happily pay more money for quality.

We don't worry too much about putting on weight, developing allergies, getting food poisoning or even being contaminated by genetically modified organisms.

We are so confident our food is safe that we rate pollution and car accidents as a far more serious threat.

Irish consumers believe more than any other EU member that our food has got much safer over the past ten years.

We attribute this to the plethora of rules and regulations about food safety that are so often complained of by producers and growers.

Our attitudes to food and its risks are part of a survey carried out throughout the EU on behalf of the European Food Safety Authority.

Food and the fear factor - What different nationalities consider when they think of food:

Greeks: pleasure.

Austrians, Poles and Spanish: hunger.

Maltese: health.

Irish: good taste.

What they fear:

Austrians: GMOs.

Belgians: dioxins.

Greeks: allergies, additives.

Maltese: bird flu.

Germans: pesticides.

Irish: poor hygiene.