Preface

C.J. Doona, K. Kustin and F.E. Feeherry

In providing a variety of food choices and on-the-go convenience to satisfy the sophisticated palate and needs of today's consumer, food processors and product developers regularly employ an extensive array of interesting processing and packaging technologies to ensure the safety, freshness, nutritive content, quality, and stability of foods. Such diversity may at first seem surprising, but consider the varieties of products available on the market, the nearly year-round availability of some products, and the high level of safety consumers routinely enjoy. Leafy green vegetables (e.g., spinach) are offered raw, frozen, canned, or washed, cut, and pre- mixed as salad blends. Dairy products, too, ...

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