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close this bookFood Nutrition and Agriculture - 8/9 Consumer Participation in food control (1993)
close this folderConsumers and food safety: A food industry perspective
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Food industry's view of food control

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.