Canadians Trust Food Companies More Than Each Other

March 10, 2021
Canadians trust food companies to provide supplies more than they trust their fellow Canadians to not hoard them, according to a recent poll.

Canadians trust food companies to provide supplies more than they trust their fellow Canadians not to hoard them, according to a recent poll.

The poll of 10,005 Canadians, by Dalhousie University, found that only 17.4% said they believed that the food industry would fail to deliver enough food in the future. In addition, 72.2% of Canadians have confidence in the safety of food products. However, only 38.4% said they trust their fellow consumers not to engage in the panic buying that characterized the early stages of the pandemic.

“Uncertainty is a powerful sentiment and it gets people to do things that they don’t plan to do,” Sylvain Charlebois, director of Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, told the National Post. “And that’s what happened last spring.”

Charlebois suggested that post-pandemic, the industry should concentrate on combating food fraud, which he calls an underreported problem in Canada, and on developing healthier products.

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