|Food Nutrition and Agriculture - 8/9 Consumer Participation in food control (1993)|
|Consumers and food safety: A food industry perspective|
The food industry takes a broad view of the term food control, which includes a large number of factors such as:
· safety - setting standards for toxicological and microbiological hazards, and instituting procedures and practices to ensure that the standards are achieved;
· nutrition - maintaining nutrient levels in food ingredients and formulating foods with nutritional profiles that contribute to consumer interest in healthful diets;
· quality - providing sensory characteristics such as taste, aroma, palatability and appearance;
· value - providing characteristics of consumer utility and economic advantage, involving attributes such as convenience, packaging and shelf-life. Some of these factors, such as value, are exclusively in the domain of industry and consumers; while others, such as safety, are shared interests of government, industry and consumers.