It’s important to understand the mode of food deterioration to establish the product’s shelf life. Product formulation, process conditions, and storage conditions are important factors for product shelf life. Careful consideration of experimental design and test parameters is essential for accurate shelf-life evaluation. The shelf life of commercial products should be monitored and adjusted as required. Following these considerations will help ensure a safe, quality food product that meets customers’ expectations.
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