Despite food inflation that affected the entire economy over the past year, Americans continue to buy snacks, especially in commercial stores. Sales are likely to continue this year as Americans seek practical, healthy and indulgent snacks. The growth of this market is due to the growing health awareness among consumers, the growing demand for functional and healthy foods and the growing popularity of pre-cooked foods and takeaway snacks, Meticulous points out in its report. Food safety and quality experts must be diligent, because the consumer's expectation, or more likely the assumption, is that any food sold at retail is safe to eat.
Safety While snacks are one of the safest foods on the market, it is still essential to implement the procedures necessary to achieve the highest level of food safety and quality. In addition, validating sanitation procedures for specific types of food and manufacturing processes is an important step in maintaining the safety and quality of snacks. Allergens Many of the popular snacks are made from peanuts, nuts, wheat, soy, milk and eggs, which are six of the eight most common allergens that must be labeled if they are present in any food sold in the United States.