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Meat: Americans’ #1 Food Safety Concern

According to a national survey of more than 3,000 participants conducted for NPR by Thomson Reuters, more than 60 percent of Americans are worried about food safety, with 51 percent expressing particular concern over the safety of the nation’s meat supply.

25 percent of the survey participants expressed concern about seafood contamination; 23 percent worried about produce; and 4 percent were concerned about dairy products.

The survey also revealed that 10 percent of those surveyed claimed to have been made ill by something they ate within the last six months. Additionally, more than 30 percent of respondents said they believe seafood contamination has increased over the last three months, mainly due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to NPR, more people said food companies should improve quality-control systems, rather than calling for more inspections, oversight, or stiffer penalties.

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