Comparison of the Perception of Frozen Processed Food, Food Labeling and Nutrition Labeling between Employees and Non-employees in the Frozen Food Industry

냉동 가공 식품, 식품 표시 및 영양 표시에 대한 냉동 식품 산업 종사자와 비종사자의 인식 차이 조사 연구

  • Lee, Min-Jin (The Graduate School of Education, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Yoon, Ki-Sun (Dept. of Food and Nutrition, Research Institute of Human Ecology, Kyung Hee University)
  • 이민진 (경희대학교 교육대학원 영양교육) ;
  • 윤기선 (경희대학교 식품영양학과, 생활과학연구소)
  • Received : 2009.03.06
  • Accepted : 2009.08.20
  • Published : 2009.08.31

Abstract

The objective of this study was to compare the differences of opinion, purchasing behavior, and recognition of food labeling and nutrition labeling of frozen processed food between employees and non-employees in the frozen food industry. The results of this survey study showed that the group working in the frozen food industry had a positive opinion of frozen processed food compared to the non-employee group who was not working in the food industry. The main reason for the positive opinion of frozen processed food was because it was convenient and easy to prepare while the main concern with consuming frozen processed food was that it was bad for one's health. The most popular menu was western style. Sixty one percent of employees in the frozen food industry preferred the microwave-cooking method, while only 37.9% of non-employees preferred the microwave-cooking method followed by cooking in boiling water (27.6%). There was a significant (p<0.001) difference in the preference of cooking method between these two groups. Most of the respondents considered 'taste' as the most important factor and 32.9% of the respondents selected 'sanitation/health' as the most serious concern for the consumption of frozen processed food. Both groups checked the food & nutrition label to verify the expiration date and the presence of food additives. The non-employee group recognized the need for nutritional information on total calorie, carbohydrate, protein, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, minerals, vitamins, sodium, and fiber on the nutrition label of frozen processed food.

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