In the food industry, we spend time on how to make great and safe food with costing in mind, and also spend lots of effort in our food safety and documentation procedures.
We look into the processing process, creating a food safety plan and record important information such as lot code, storage (cooler and freezer) temperature and processing records such as pasteurization temperature, baking temperature and weight records just to make sure all processing parameters are under its normal processing limit.
Substitution of an ingredients in a recipe can be challenging as the properties of any food ingredients are unique. Formulation is a magical prescription that make the basis of a food. Not to mention, the variety from batch to batch production call for only experienced formulator to make the food taste and look right (taste consistently the same).
Sourcing of ingredients can be extremely challenging for the need to balance cost, credibility, volume of purchase, specifications and lead time (time taken from ordering to arrival), Various documentation are in place to ensure the right ingredients are purchased, received correctly, and used within its shelf life.
Consideration is also made to accommodate post-purchasing handling by consumer. Food label is how the food industry pass information on what made a food product, nutritional and post-purchasing handling. So, read your label properly.
Yes, we rely on complaint to make our process better and document them too. We do most of everything to ensure we deliver what you like and make sure it is safe to be consume. That's what we do in the food industry, that very few know to be able to consider versus potential ingredient that poses harm to our body.
As a food technologist, I hope to be able to spread some of the positive things that we do in the industry as well.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed to an end users.
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