Nowadays laboratory testing is an important aspect of food industry. Food regulation is designed to protect public health and the safety of consumers. It relies on scientific analysis to identify problems with food products. It provides analytical data on the quality of a product or production process.
Some objectives of food testing are:
- To identify contaminants or hazardous components if any in raw material or contamination after a product is produced and before it is placed on the market.
- Laboratory testing is important for the research and development of new food products, including, for example, the choice of ingredients or components, the design of food processing, shelf-life studies.
- This is the kind of information food scientists need when developing new products. Another benefit of food testing is compliance with regulations for both the import and export of food products to different countries.