Mixed messages for meat traders have emerged from a consumer survey sponsored by the MLC in an attempt to gauge likely reaction to the fmd crisis. Nearly 90% of the thousand people polled on March 10 and 11 said their purchasing habits would not change, and most in the sample seemed to see fmd as an animal disease but not a food safety issue. But MLC marketing director Richard Lowe warned the industry "not to be complacent". About a quarter of the consumers interviewed expressed concern about the disease affecting humans. {{M/E MEAT }}