As a finished product formulator, one of your most important duties is to ensure that your food, beverage or dietary supplement remains fresh, stable and safe for human consumption throughout its intended shelf life. Doing so typically requires the use of one or more preservatives—additives that keep products from becoming stale, rancid, moldy or compromised by nefarious organisms.
Although preservatives are an integral part of food, beverage and supplement formulation, the entire category has come under fire in recent years. As consumers are increasingly concerned about what they put in their bodies and therefore reading labels before purchasing products, many now question certain preservatives’ necessity, as well as the types of preservatives being used. Read on for label friendly strategies for freshness and shelf life.
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