FOOD PROCESSING, A NECESSITY FOR THE MODERN WORLD IN THE CONTEXT OF FOOD SAFETY: A REVIEW
Given the global explosive demographic increase, the processed foods have become indispensable for the daily nutrition of consumers. The feeding a growing world population is a major global challenge, which consists to increase agricultural productivity, guarantee access to food for all individuals, and at the same time ensure food security for consumers. The modern processing technologies are based on certain biotechnological principles that aim at obtaining safe food for consumption by removing pathogens from processed food in a socially and economically sustainable manner.Â The reality is that many processed foods are excessively processed and contain higher amounts of calories, fat, sugar, salt and chemical additives. But it is no less true that there is a lot of minimally processed foods healthy and nutritious. That is why, in order to have a healthy life, it is up to the consumer to make the right choices about the foods consumed. In an active life, processed foods are the handiest solution; from this point of view, processors should focus on "clean" and healthy products.Â This paper highlights some aspects of the current necessity for food processing to make them more safer for consumption, more accessible, improved nutrition and having an adequate balance between the ingredients and the nutrients they provide.