ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News
The Turkish Food Safety Association, or GGD, announced yesterday it has launched a campaign against “false and delusive information,” largely disseminated through the Internet, concerning food safety.
Food safety is of strategic importance and directly connected with the domestic economy, said Samim Saner, chairman of GGD, at a press meeting yesterday. Food safety is “also critically related to the image of the country, while also being one of the key negotiation issues with the European Union,” Saner said.
“Our first purpose is to establish food safety consciousness within the society,” he said. “We aim to correct false beliefs and guide the society on this critical subject.”
Survey on consciousness:
Aiming to establish consciousness in society, the GGD is campaigning against delusive information, which is spread through e-mail in particular. According to the “Food Safety Knowledge Level” survey by the organization, Turkish consumers are “affected considerably” by such information. This fact led the GGD to set up a call center and respond to consumers' questions. “Our staff, who are well-trained on food safety, are capable of responding to 15,000 questions a month,” Saner said.
The survey reveals that 52 percent of the population thinks food safety standards are worse than they were 10 years ago. Some 38 percent of participants say food safety standards are “developing,” while 7 percent believe there is no change in food safety standards in Turkey. Some 51 percent of consumers think that information they gather from the Internet affects their decisions in buying products.
Myths on food
- Products that include genetically modified organisms are forbidden in the EU.
- Honey is harmful for infants.
- Caffeine is addictive.
- Pigs are used in cola production.
- Crystallized honey is harmful for health.
- There is alcohol in soft drinks.
- Sugar causes tooth decay.