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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes food spoilage?


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



The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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This site was last updated 26/05/2016
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