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Millions of adults are confused about ingredients in everyday foods, study finds

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 A study of 2,000 Brits revealed one in five feel they have a lack of knowledge about what’s actually in many pre-packaged foods. Just 15 percent knew wine contains gelatine while one in 20 had no idea scotch eggs are made from meat.

And 43 percent were unaware milk is a key ingredient in quiche.

It also emerged six in 10 think the packaging information on food items is often ‘confusing’.

A spokesman for British Lion Eggs which commissioned the study said: “There is clearly a lot of confusion around what ingredients are in which foods.

“Retailers have a duty to their customers to make the ingredients, and their provenance, clear on pack.

“Of course, this is never more important than for people who have allergies, but lots of people also want to see more British ingredients, particularly when it comes to eggs for pre-packaged foods including sandwiches, custard and quiche.”

The survey also found 18 percent could not identify eggs as a key component in mayonnaise.

More than a third also didn’t know eggs were found in custard, and 33 percent didn’t know there was cream cheese in cheesecake.

But when it comes to whether eggs qualify as a ‘dairy’ product, there was a divide with 59 percent saying yes, 31 percent saying no, and the remainder unsure.

It also emerged that one in five adults has accidentally eaten something they weren’t meant to, because they didn’t check its ingredients properly.

And 20 percent have inadvertently given someone else food they shouldn’t have – like giving a vegetarian something containing gelatine.

But this could be down to confusion as 71 percent find packaging hard to understand because there are lots of names of ingredients they’ve never heard of.

Another 58 percent consider the amount of ingredients in some of these items to be downright ‘overwhelming’, according to the OnePoll figures.

And half would be more likely to shop in supermarkets where it’s clear that British ingredients have been used.

British Lion Eggs’ spokesman added: “There are lots of reasons why it’s important to know exactly what you’re eating.

“With Brexit increasing concerns around the use of lower quality imported ingredients, food safety is a major factor for consumers, particularly where things like imported eggs are being used, as is wanting to support British producers.”



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