Only around one in 10 people say they take the time to look for additional information on foodstuffs, according to a review of European attitudes carried out by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, the Irish Independent writes today. Nearly one in two described themselves as "abdicators" when it come to interest in improving their understanding of food production while 42pc said they were "spectators". The board showed that in 1997 a survey of people in the EU revealed that 70 per cent cited BSE as their number one concern about beef. This fell to 21 per cent in 1999 although current controversy over BSE is sure to increase this figure once again. The survey revealed that food safety is now the main concern for the public but they are expressing growing anxiety about where the food comes from.