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Americans worry about food supply safety

Recent reports of contaminated food, especially food products from China, have led many Americans to worry about the safety of their food supply. A recent survey from consumer reports shows Americans want better labeling on imported food. As Americans grow more concerned about the safety of their food, they want clearer labels that explain more about what is in the food they're eating, according to a recent poll conducted by consumer reports. The consumer group found that 92 percent of Americans favor country-of-origin labels on food that has been imported from other countries. In 2002 congress passed a law requiring these types of origination labels. Except in the case of seafood, implementation of the law has been delayed until late next year. Labels can impact sales, as seen in the case of "natural" or "organic." Half of shoppers in the survey said these two labels are important to them. Sixty-one percent bought foods marked natural or organic during one of their last five shopping trips. But labels can also be confusing and aren't foolproof. Nine out of ten believe "natural" meat indicates the animal was fed a natural diet without drugs or artificial ingredients. According to consumer reports, the government standard for natural meat actually refers to how it was processed, not how the animal was raised or fed.

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