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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes food spoilage?

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Food spoilage can be caused by a combination of various factors such as light, oxygen, heat, humidity and/or all kinds of microorganisms.
Therefore in general every kind of food should be stored in a dark dry place and at a proper temperature to keep its quality, whether fruits, vegetables, cereals, meat, fish, milk or milk products. The industry also has many techniques for protecting food from spoilage:

  • for avoiding light - photoresistant packages, dark bottles for oils
  • for avoiding oxygen - canning, vacuum packaging
  • for avoiding heat - cooling
  • for avoiding humidity - vacuum packaging
  • for avoiding the development of microorganisms - pasteurization, UHT, freezing, chemical preservatives, irradiation

 


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