Food Safety Magazine  |  February 2015

There are typically a myriad of unknowns associated with the safe use of novel preservation technologies in the production of foods and beverages intended for human consumption. Chief among these are concerns for food safety and regulatory acceptance. Confirming food safety is a daunting undertaking.Validating food safety involves every element of the manufacturing process. Consideration must be given to microbial stability, toxicology, product and packaging interactions, process capability and product stability and chemistry, as well as possible harmful effects of the stabilization process. In most cases, there will also be the need to provide objective data that confirm, with a high degree of confidence, that the product meets the safety expectations of the various regulatory agencies. Under certain circumstances, the rigor demanded for confirming safety and regulatory compliance, when joined with the high associated cost, has served to slow or deter commercialization and therefore the uptake of novel processing and preservation methods. [continue reading]

Source: Novel Food Safety Technologies Emerge in Food Production