Food that has been modified in any way from its original condition, such as washing, canning, freezing, or adding ingredients, is referred to as canned and processed food. Processing is sometimes referred to as baking, cooking, or preparing. It also encompasses fortification, preservation, enrichment, and a variety of other procedures used during the preparation process. Processed food items are in high demand in India, thanks to the country’s growing urban, young, and working population, and are expected to continue to do so in the coming years.
The word “processed food” refers to a wide range of foods that may be found in any home, ranging from simple bread and cheese to ready-to-eat meals. The inclined customers’ demand for a diverse range of food products leads to continuous investigation of the processed food product range.
As a result, more advanced quality control systems are required to verify that each ingredient maintains its quality and safety throughout the whole manufacturing process, as well as that completed products are packaged and kept safely. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) regulates processed foods by product type, with specified test standards for nutritional labelling, contaminants testing, and microbiological safety.