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Consistency of Food Products/Ingredients

Consistency is a hallmark of mass-produced foods: Presliced bread, breakfast cereals, and snack foods taste and look the same no matter where or when they are purchased. To meet consumer expectations about uniform quality, producers strive to ensure that each product is made to the same standard and final products have identical taste, appearance, size, and shape. For the industry, it is economically efficient to produce standardized foods by using automated machinery in streamlined operations. Historically, professionals such as home economists and taste testers have developed standardized recipes and ensured uniform taste and flavor since the turn of the 20th century. Over the past few decades, the development of food technology and the establishment of quality standards have improved the consistency of food products. This ...

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