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What is food processing?

The term, ‘food processing’ refers to any operation (mechanical, physical or chemical) carried out on food in order to change its properties. It can be a single operation or a …

Getting started

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collected together some of the questions Learners asked about this Week’s content when the course was last run and provided some answers here. You may have different questions. If …

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collected together some of the questions Learners asked about this Week’s content when the course was last run and provided some answers here. You may have different questions. If …

Common Questions about Food Processing

The Benefits of Food Processing Processed foods contain a lot of additives or ‘chemicals’ – is this bad or good? Firstly, the ‘chemicals’ term can mislead us – everything about …

Thank you for joining us

Congratulations! You’ve completed the course. Thank you for joining us over the last four Weeks where we’ve looked at the reasons for food processing, its history and benefits. We’ve introduced …

EUFIC UK Consumer Study Part 2

Levels of processing (answer to question 8) The participants were shown a selection of apple products and asked how processed they thought they were. They rated them from 1 to …

Compare your results with those of UK consumers

The answers provided by the survey participants were analysed and categorised in themes. So, for example, in question 1, ‘cooking’ and ‘chopping’ were the most common answers and were categorized …

Novel foods and how they are regulated

In the previous Step we looked at how the EU considers health claims made on food products. Another area where regulation is used to protect the consumer is in the …

EU regulations

Legislation and regulation of foods is key to ensuring that you can have confidence in the safety of the food you eat. Because of this, the European Union (as well …

Advantages of innovative techniques

The success of new technologies for food processing is highly dependent on consumer response to the new products. Emerging technologies must be accompanied by transparent information from the food industry …

Active and intelligent packaging

Food packaging has many functions and in its most basic form it is used to prevent food from coming into contact with contaminants, whilst also making items easier to handle …

Using ionising radiation to process food

The use of ionising radiation dates back to 1895, when Röntgen discovered X-rays. He described them as ‘fast moving electrons’. By 1896 the technology was already being considered for the …