Perspective - Journal of Food Technology and Preservation (2023) Volume 7, Issue 3
The science behind preservatives: Ensuring safety and quality in food.
Preservatives are substances that are added to food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products to prevent the growth of microorganisms and extend their shelf life. They are essential in modern food production, as they help prevent spoilage and ensure that products remain safe for consumption. In this blog, we will explore the different types of preservatives, their functions, and some of the controversies surrounding their use. There are two main types of preservatives: natural and synthetic. Natural preservatives are substances derived from natural sources such as plants, animals, and minerals that are added to food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products to prevent spoilage and extend their shelf life.Author(s): Wagner Schmidt*