Food and Health: Science and Technology by Elsie M. Widdowson (auth.), G. G. Birch, K. J. Parker (eds.)

By Elsie M. Widdowson (auth.), G. G. Birch, K. J. Parker (eds.)

The keep an eye on and Standardisation of nationwide nutrition caliber. There has to be very many various evaluations as to what this identify potential. to a couple humans it's going to suggest the keep watch over through laws of additive and contaminant degrees in nutrients, to others it can suggest the laying down of compositional criteria for various foodstuff commodities, another time a few may well think about that it covers the dietary caliber of the foodstuff and the upkeep of an enough passable nutrition for the inhabitants of the rustic. i feel definitely that it can be all of this stuff and a look on the number of titles of papers which different audio system might be giving later during this symposium illustrates the very huge zone that is lined by means of nutrients caliber in its many points. i'll attempt purely to give to you a few of these features that are the fear of presidency within the keep watch over of nutrients caliber. i can't difficulty myself with these elements that are the worry in simple terms of the producer and his buyer, and the following i'm taking into account flavour, visual appeal and actual country, reminiscent of no matter if canned, clean or frozen. those elements, which impact the kind of items to be advertised, and in addition the points of qc which got down to continue the normal that the producer has set himself, are i believe open air my province.

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These aspects, which affect the type of products to be marketed, and also the aspects of quality control which set out to maintain the standard that the manufacturer has set himself, are I think outside my province. WHAT ASPECTS SHOULD GOVERNMENT CONTROL? I do not think that anyone would seriously doubt the competence of government to concern itself in the control of national food quality. But what exactly does national food quality mean? It must mean the quality of food as eaten by the nation.

Designated Health Foods and Health Food Supplements are preferably sold in health food stores where the staff have special The Validity of the Concept of Health Foods 41 experience and training in giving expert advice to customers. Shop display shall be such as to help the consumer, and not confuse or mislead. In all cases, food on display must meet the storage conditions outlined above. Standards of hygiene for storage and marketing of Health Foods and Health Food Supplements shall be as high as is practicable, the aim being standards well above the minimum required by Statute.

COSMETIC ADDITIVES A little book 'Why Additives'I8 published by the British Nutrition Foundation put up a very good case for the use of many food additives. Indeed there is certainly very careful monitoring of additives by the relevant government bodies but the question must always be asked as to how necessary they are. Some are very helpful in a modern society, but not even the redoubtable Nathan Goldenberg was able to put up a very good or convincing case for colours. He even tried to justify the use of the green colouring in peas, and I believe that we are the only major country in the world to permit the use of this colour on the grounds that when one manufacturer tried to discontinue its use, the sales of his peas dropped.

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