chapter  Chapter 20
15 Pages

Commercialization and Regulatory Issues of Non-thermal Processed Foods

WithFeby Luckose, B. S. Mamatha, O. P. Chauhan

Official permission from governmental regulatory agencies to use the new technology is one of the requirements for the commercialization of new processes. Since food-related legislation process is very political, the regulatory issues of the permission to use any non-thermal process are also political. Non-thermal technologies promise to treat foods without destroying the nutritional components and sensorial characteristics that are normally affected during heat treatment. A food process operation system involves addition or removal of thermal energy to ensure microbiologically safe, improved quality, and enhance the product shelf-life. Commercialization of non-thermal processing of food can be made possible only if there is proper understanding of packaging requirements of the product, characteristics of the packaging material and consumer response and acceptance of the packaged non-thermally processed food. Official permission from governmental regulatory agencies to use the new technology is one of the requirements for the commercialization of new processes.