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Consumers Overwhelmingly Worried About Impact Of BP Oil Spill On Gulf Seafood

June 28, 2010: 02:42 PM EST
A weekly consumer confidence survey has found that not only are almost all Americans aware of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, they are worried about how it might impact the safety of Gulf seafood. The survey found that 99 percent of respondents knew about the spill, while 85 percent were following it closely in the news. About 89 percent of respondents were at least somewhat concerned about the possible effects of the spill on Gulf seafood. Half said they were "extremely concerned." Fifty-four percent said the oil spill would affect their consumption of seafood, and 44 percent of that group said they will only eat seafood if they’re sure it does not come from the Gulf of Mexico.
Dennis Degeneffe, et al., "Americans worried about the quality of Gulf seafood", Ongoing study, June 28, 2010, © The Food Industry Center at the Univ. of Minnesota
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