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Ever Wonder How Food Manufacturers Maintain The Quality of Their Products?

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One of the most important things to consider when you are involved in a food manufacturing company is quality control. You are responsible for managing the whole process from farm harvesting to food serving and ensuring that the consumers will receive a high-quality product that’s safe and secured. If you are involved in any agriculture and food processing-related jobs, then you are certainly accountable for ensuring food safety and quality.

But the question is, how can these big food manufacturing companies monitor their product’s quality?

The food manufacturing world is like a domino; one mistake will cause a cascade of many other. This is why competence is a huge consideration. To make the food safe and consistent with the consumers’ expectations, food producers ensure that the food undergoes tedious processes, including microbe elimination and enzymes deactivation to prevent oxidation. Each product is made using measuring equipment. There are also heat treatments such as sterilization, pasteurization, fermentation, smoking, refrigeration, and drying. On the other hand, stabilizers, anti-oxidants, and emulsifiers are food additives that preserve the consistency and quality of the food.

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The step-by-step overview of quality assurance:

From the conceptualization of the product to the distribution to different households, quality assurance is applied at every step.

  1. Food scientists test the food for the taste and nutritional effects with a small group of people who consented to participate. Some organizations are authorized to assess possible manufacturing flaws to prevent any risk of contamination. Specialized equipment is used to assess food quality such as penetrometers which evaluate the hardness of fruits. Acceptability percentages are assigned to help the consumers in discerning whether a product is reliable.
  2. Briefing of particular requirements and technical assistance to suppliers are conducted by food processors regularly. They also do periodic inspections and audits at areas of delivery.
  3. All products are ensured to comply with the national food regulations and consumer demands. They make sure that the manufacturers produce their food with the highest standards possible. Foods that might induce intolerances and allergies should be consistent with the general food principles.2

Not all foods are 100% safe and secured. The quality depends on how meticulously they were manufactured, packed, and distributed. Sometimes, you need to dig into these behind-the-scenes food processes before they arrive on your plate just to ensure that you are not just eating a delicious meal, but also a safe one.