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Over the years, the European Union has developed EU legislation and Community support programmes in the areas of public health, consumer protection and the broad area of food safety which encompasses feed, food, animal health and animal welfare.
The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General of the European Commission has the task of preparing and updating these laws and programmes, and of monitoring their implementation by the competent Member States' authorities.
In 2002, the European Union established a new scientific body - the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - charged with providing independent and objective risk assessment on food and feed safety.
The Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection and the European Food Safety Authority commissioned a survey to assess how people in the EU perceive risk, focusing in particular on food safety, an area of shared interest. Such research enables policy-makers to interact with the public and contributes to the development of policy initiatives and communications in relation to risk issues.
The survey was conducted in the twenty-five Member States of the European Union by way of face-to-face interviews in peoples� homes in their national language between September 2 and October 6, 2005. The methodology used is that of the standard Eurobarometer polls managed by the Directorate-General Press and Communication. A technical note concerning the interviews carried out by the institutes of the TNS Opinion & Social network is annexed to this report. This note specifies the interview method used, as well as the confidence levels.
This report analyses a number of themes at European Union and national level. It also comments briefly on the way the responses vary according to certain sociodemographic characteristics of the respondents (gender, age, etc) and compares findings between questions.

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