Surveys

As part of its overall mission to help promote and protect public health, NSF International conducts original research to measure consumer behavior in many areas.

NSF International has conducted several surveys to better measure consumer perceptions and behavior relating to food and drinking water safety and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about the scope and results of these surveys by selecting one of the links below:

Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water

Many consumers are aware that there are low levels of emerging contaminants in their drinking water and are concerned that they may negatively impact their health, according to a new survey by NSF International. These emerging contaminants range from some prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to herbicides, pesticides, flame retardants and detergents.

Learn more about the results of this survey and how they lead to the development of NSF/ANSI 401: Emerging Contaminants/Incidental Compounds. Read More

Expiration Dates Survey

Many Americans are unsure how to interpret dates on food labels like expiration, best used by and sell by dates, according to a survey from NSF International. This confusion is causing some consumers to prematurely throw away good food or in some cases, to keep food too long, which could expose them foodborne pathogens such as Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli.

Learn which dates are the most important to pay attention to and how long you can safely store most fresh and frozen foods. Read More

Cold and Flu Survey Results

If you’ve ever gone to work sick, you’re not alone. A new NSF survey revealed that 1 in 4 American workers still goes to work when they are ill.

Read why people don’t stay home and co-workers attitudes toward the sick, and learn what steps you can take to keep from getting sick this cold and flu season. Read More

Kitchen Pet Peeves Survey

Americans seem to have a bit of a double standard regarding food preparation and safety, according to a recent survey conducted by NSF International. Whether you are hosting a party or simply attending as a guest, learn more about common pet peeves and what steps you can take to avoid getting sick. Read More

New Study Finds Vast Majority of Americans Make Food Safety Mistakes

Most people are used to hearing about the importance of eating healthy food, but another critical aspect of what we eat has been receiving increasing attention in recent years: food safety.

NSF International conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans to determine awareness and misconceptions about food safety in the home. The results were interesting, and in some instances, contradictory. Learn how your awareness of safe food handling practices can positively impact your health. Read More

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