The EFSA surveyed just over 6,200 consumers in 25 EU Member States, asking them about potential emerging risks related to food safety.
Overall, respondents were more concerned about risks that are already known to scientists than about emerging risks. However, the survey findings have important implications for communicating about new risks.
Respondents were more concerned about risks that are already known to scientists than about emerging risks. Consumers expressed a desire to be informed about emerging risks early on in the process of identification, even if there is scientific uncertainty. They also indicated a preference for receiving such information via traditional media channels such as TV and newspapers, and the websites of national authorities. Social media and the websites of European authorities were also popular channels among 18 to 34-year-olds.
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