There are a myriad of ingredients that battle bad bacteria that grow on meat products, prevent mold growth on bread, or reduce the risk of off-flavors developing in cheese, but while these ingredients are deemed safe and effective by regulatory agencies, some do not meet the so-called
"clean label" demands that a segment of consumers have placed on food manufacturers.
The clean label movement seeks out foods with easy-to-recognize ingredients and no artificial ingredients or synthetic chemicals. With this clean and clear label movement comes an increased demand for ingredients that are domestically sourced, organic, or not genetically modified. Ingredient manufacturers are expanding their repertoire of food safety and preservation solutions to move beyond synthetic ingredients and explore clean label options—everything from herbs and spices to specially designed cultures.
Recent news of meat processing and packaging plant closures coupled with empty shelves at grocery stores has sparked concern among consumers about food availability, prompting many to fill their pantry with shelf-stable alternatives.
Now more than ever, consumers are recognizing the importance of a healthy diet in creating and maintaining a strong immune system.
Food scientists and technologists are constantly looking for ways to put healthful foods that help consumers reduce the risk of heart disease on grocery shelves, but there is still much work to be done.