US research shows gap between seafood knowledge and cooking – Fishupdate.com

US research shows gap between seafood knowledge and cooking Published:  13 September, 2013

Virginia Tech’s Department of Food Science and Technology, USA, is releasing research that examines consumer attitudes towards seafood culinary preparation.

The work, sponsored by the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF), was used in the development of educational videos that address gaps in consumer knowledge and barriers to purchasing seafood.

“There are many seafood lovers out there who don’t even know it yet,” said SIRF Chairman Russ Mentzer. “For some, seafood can seem challenging. This research helps identify exact consumer concerns, letting us know where the industry needs to focus our educational efforts and how to reach new customers.”

The research finds many consumers simply don’t know how to buy and prepare seafood at home. Further complicating things many are also confused about the health benefits.

“This project epitomizes SIRF’s goals of research and action,” said Mentzer. “The research portion highlighted consumer stumbling blocks and the videos actively cover these reservations, providing the consumer with information and practical knowledge.”

The online videos give viewers a synopsis of seafood’s health benefits and the various types of seafood available, in addition to demonstrations on various seafood preparation methods with advice on techniques and food safety.

To view Virginia Tech’s Department of Food Science and Technology’s SIRF sponsored online videos, follow the links:

· Selection and Cooking Basics for Preparing High Quality, Safe Seafood

· Increasing Your Confidence in Cooking High Quality, Safe Seafood

The Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) was established in 1964 to fund research grants to colleges, universities and other institutions for research related to the seafood industry and the consumers of its products. SIRF is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals and companies in and related to the seafood industry.