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Food processing is any method used to turn fresh foods into food products. This can involve one or a combination of the following: washing, chopping, pasteurising, freezing, fermenting, packaging and many more.
Food processing also includes adding components to food, for example to extend shelf life, or adding vitamins and minerals to improve the nutritional quality of the food (fortification).
20 March 2017
In a recent consumer study, we investigated the understanding of processed food among the UK participants. This Q&A summarises the topics explored in the study.
01 December 2016
In the EU, wheat and maize are commonly used raw materials in starch production, each accounting for about 35%. Another commonly used source is potato.There are varying methods of milling grains...
18 May 2016
Contaminants in vegetable oils and fats (and foods containing them such as cookies, pastries and others) pose a potential health concern to average consumers for young age groups...
18 May 2015
Process contaminants are chemical substances that have not been intentionally added to food but are produced during food processing steps such as cooking, heating or purification of foods or ingredients.
07 February 2015
Globally, 80% of sugar is produced from sugar cane. Sugar cane is not grown in the EU. Main sugar cane producers include Brazil, India, China, Mexico, Australia...
07 February 2015
The EU is the world’s leading producer of beet sugar. Globally, 20% of sugar is produced from sugar beet; the other 80% is produced from sugar cane.
08 December 2014
European consumers expect nutritious, safe, environmentally sustainable, and affordable food products. This article gives an overview of food processing, its evolution, consumer trends, and how the food...
01 January 2014
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, native to South America, is now grown on four continents. Leaves are harvested and dried once they reach peak sweetness. The dried leaves are...
02 January 2013
Increasing regulatory and consumer demands have intensified the pressure on the food industry to implement reliable methods of food inspection to ensure product safety and quality.
10 March 2011
Food fortification can be used to increase the micronutrient content of foods or to replace nutrients lost in food processing, thus playing a valuable role in preventing dietary deficiencies.
01 June 2010
We all process foods everyday when preparing a meal for ourselves or our family and virtually all foods undergo some form of processing before they are ready to eat. Some foods are even dangerous...
12 October 2009
Those working with food during transport and storage observe operating and monitoring procedures which are critical to food safety.
06 July 2006
Consumer confidence in food safety is basic to the food processing industry and essential to its success.
06 June 2006
"From Farm to Fork" traces the different stages of the food chain system and examines the practices and procedures that ensure the safety of our food.