Food processing

Food processing

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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).

Processed food (Q&A)

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.

Glucose fructose: How is it produced? (Infographic)

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...

Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods pose potential health concerns finds EFSA

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...

Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods (Q&A)

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.

Sugar: How is produced from cane? (Infographic)

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...

Sugar: How is it produced from beet? (Infographic)

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.

Food production 1/3: The evolution of meeting nutritional needs through processing and labelling

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...

Stevia: How is it produced? (Infographic)

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...

The use of X-rays in food inspection

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.

Food fortification: Optimising food’s goodness

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.

The greatest thing since sliced bread? A review of the benefits of processed foods

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...

From farm to fork: Transport and storage safeguarding food

12 October 2009

Those working with food during transport and storage observe operating and monitoring procedures which are critical to food safety.

From farm to fork: Food processing for safer, longer lasting food

06 July 2006

Consumer confidence in food safety is basic to the food processing industry and essential to its success.

From farm to fork

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.