Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has today (07 September) published the results from its third Food in Scotland Consumer Tracking Survey, showing that food hygiene at home remains a relatively low priority for people in Scotland. The survey, which was conducted between 8 and 21 December 2016, shows that only 11 out of 20 food safety behaviours are followed on average.
Around three-quarters of Scots are aware that the temperature inside a fridge should be between 0 and 5˚c, however only 46% check their fridge is at the right temperature using a thermometer. People in Scotland do adhere to some food safety behaviours, 73% of consumers wash their hands immediately after handling raw meat, poultry or fish, as well as 69% washing hands before starting to cook and prepare food.
However, between the first Food in Scotland Consumer Tracking Survey in December 2015 and the results from this survey there was a 4% decrease in consumers washing hands.
Consumers were also aware that they should reheat food properly, but only 53% check that food has been reheated properly. 74% of respondents agreed that they should only reheat food once.
The survey also captured awareness of the foodborne illness campylobacter, the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, with a slight drop in awareness from our first survey (33% compared to 37%).