Consumers' Recognition and Information Need About Food Safety - Focused on Pesticide Residues, Foodborne Illness, and Food Additives -

식품 안전성에 대한 소비자 인식 및 정보요구도에 관한 연구 - 잔류농약, 식중독, 식품첨가물을 중심으로 -

  • Kim, Hyo-Chung (Dept. of Family & Consumer Science, Inje University) ;
  • Kim, Mee-Ra (Dept. of Food Science & Nutrition, Kyungpook National University)
  • 김효정 (인제대학교 가족.소비자학과) ;
  • 김미라 (경북대학교 식품영양학과)
  • Published : 2001.10.30


This study was conducted to investigate the consumers' recognition and information need for food safety, especially focused on pesticide residues, foodborne illness, and food additives. The data were collected from 350 adults living in Taegu and Pusan by the self-administered questionnaire. Frequencies and chi-square tests were conducted by SPSS. The results of the survey were as follows: (1) the consumers' concerns about food safety were high, (2) many respondents worried about eating vegetables, fruits and grains in turn because of pesticide residues, and did not trust the results from food-safety tests, (3) the major factor for foodborne illness was regarded as unfreshed or contaminated food stuffs, (4) many consumers concerned highly about preservatives among food additives, and tried to consume food containing less food additives, and (5) many respondents wanted to get the information about harmfulness of pesticide residues in foods, method to choose fresh food, and safety of food additives.


consumer's recognition;consumer's information need;food safety