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Survey: Most Americans Think Food Is Safe Despite Mad Cow

NEW YORK - Most Americans still consider the food at their local supermarkets to be safe despite the discovery of mad cow disease last month, according to a survey of 537 adults conducted last week by market research firm NPD Group.

Seventy percent of those surveyed by NPD said they were confident that the foods purchased from supermarkets are safe, according to a Reuters report. That compares to just 64 percent in NPD's mid-December survey of the same topic.

Nonetheless, 72 percent of consumers surveyed admitted they were concerned about mad cow disease, compared to 57 percent of consumers questioned earlier in the month.

When asked about food safety in restaurants, 53 percent of those surveyed said they felt foods sold in restaurants were safe, up from 48 percent in the previous survey.
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