Top Food Story
BP oil spill is year’s top food story
Americans chose the BP oil spill’s effect on the seafood industry as the top food story of 2010, according to a survey from Hunter Public Relations.
This is the first time in three years that an environmental food story has topped the list, which is in its eighth year.
Overwhelmingly, men cited the BP oil spill as 2010′s most influential food story. Women, on the other hand, selected the nationwide egg recall story for the top spot.
Also getting strong consideration among women as the top food story was First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to reform school lunches.
The survey revealed the following as the three biggest food-related stories of 2010:
1. Effect of BP oil spill on seafood industry
As Americans learned about the size of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, they grew increasingly concerned about the quality of seafood from the region, with 68 percent voting for this as the top food story of 2010.
Although overall seafood supplies remain safe, the environmental damage has left many fisheries and coastal businesses devastated.
2. Massive nationwide egg recall
Coming in at a close second was the national outbreak of salmonella in eggs that sickened hundreds of people, leading to a national recall.
The salmonella bacteria spread to nearly 380 million chicken eggs distributed by Wright County Egg, one of the top egg producers in the U.S.
3. E. Coli fear leads to 35,000 pound beef recall
The number three spot went to another major recall when concern over possible E. coli contamination led a Southern California meat distributor to recall about 35,000 pounds of ground beef.
Although no illnesses were reported, precautions were taken after bacteria were detected through biological sampling.
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Among other survey findings:
Food in pop culture
n When asked about the top pop culture food news, 42 percent of Americans voted for the limited return of the McRib sandwich to McDonald’s menu as the biggest story.
n In second place, 20 percent of surveyors chose Pepsi forgoing Super Bowl ads in favor of a social media program.
n The third spot, with 19 percent of the vote, went to the human nutrition professor who lost 27 pounds on a Twinkie diet.
n The launch of the “Slurpee Summit” by 7-Eleven (9 percent of the vote) and the death of the creator of the Cheez Doodle, Morrie Yohai, (5 percent of the vote) round out the top five biggest pop culture food stories of 2010.
Food trends that should be over
n When asked which food trend they want to be over by 2011, 49 percent of Americans felt that “bacon flavored everything” is past its prime.
n Twenty percent of Americans voted for an end to the cupcake craze, 17 percent were fed up with high-end burgers and 9 percent would do away with gourmet food trucks.