© 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article\ud distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license\ud (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) estimates that Australians\ud experience 5.4 million incidents of food poisoning each year, making food safety a\ud significant public health issue. This paper describes and analyses the importance placed by\ud Australians on the role of the agencies and actors that regulate the safety and quality of\ud food. A computer assisted telephone interviewing survey addressing aspect of food safety\ud was administrated to a random sample of 1,109 participants across all Australian states\ud (response rate 41.2%). Only 44.6% of participants viewed the monitoring of food safety\ud and quality as ‘Very important’, with greatest significance placed upon personal\ud monitoring (76.0%) and the role of the Federal government (51.1%). The media (22.5%)\ud and local council (32.4%) were viewed as the least important agents. When data were\ud combined to create an index of general monitoring, participants under 30; respondents in\ud outer regional areas; and men identified food monitoring as less important; while\ud respondents from households with 5 or more members viewed food monitoring as more\ud important than respondents from smaller households
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