CHICAGO -- Consumers are relying on themselves, more than on retailers, manufacturers or the government, to ensure the food they buy is safe to eat, according to survey results presented during the Speaks '98 session at the Food Marketing Institute Show here. But in the precautionary areas that matter most -- washing hands and surfaces, washing food, refrigerating promptly, keeping food separate and cooking properly -- these same consumers, by their own admission, earn a failing grade. "If ...

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