According to a recent consumer poll, the BSE scare did not sway American trust in the safety of the U.S. food supply.

The Gallup Consumption Habits poll shows that Americans are much more confident in the federal government’s ability to protect the nation’s food supply now than they were a few years ago. Results include:

  • 31 percent of respondents said they had "a great deal" of confidence in the food supply, up from 19 percent in 2002, the last time Gallup asked the question.
  • 14 percent had "not much" confidence or "none at all," down from 22 percent in 2002.
  • 87 percent of respondents were confident in the safety of the food available in grocery stores, up from 85 percent in 2002.
  • 12 percent said they were not confident, down from 13 percent in 2002.

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