Long queues at supermarkets and food shops. Half-empty shelves. Only a few products in refrigerators. When re-stocked, the items in much demand at our supermarkets are regularly seen to be the now infamous toilet paper, followed by essential foods such as meat, milk, eggs, bread, canned goods and pasta.Such scenes have been witnessed in several shops across Europe, and indeed the world. And many EU citizens born after the mid-1950s are not used to such experiences. But luckily - thanks to the many Food Heroes working against the clock throughout the entire food supply chain - food security should be the least of our worries in Europe in the face of this COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fish and Food of Spain (MAPA) has published its latest monographic study (data third quarter 2019) with the objective of knowing the level of satisfaction and the climate of consumer confidence in relation to food labeling (for surveys of 1,500 consumers have been carried out).
Meat, vegetables, fish and fruits, national origin
According to the study, consumers look for food labels, especially information on the expiration date or preferred consumption, the list of ingredients, as well as data on their storage and use conditions.
The origin of food is information that consumers want to know. 7 out of 10 consumers look at this aspect, being the foods in which they are most looking for national origin to be fresh products such as meat, vegetables, fish and fruits.