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Research Project: New Sustainable Processing Technologies to Produce Healthy, Value-Added Foods from Specialty Crops

Location: Healthy Processed Foods Research

Title: All sorts of options for food product sorting

item McHugh, Tara
item Haff, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Food Technology
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/12/2015
Publication Date: 10/1/2015
Citation: McHugh, T.H., Haff, R.P. 2015. All sorts of options for food product sorting. Food Technology. 69(10):74-76.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Most food products undergo significant processing before arrival at the grocery store or local market. A major component of this processing includes sorting the product according to quality attributes such as size, color, sweetness, and ripeness. In addition, removal of defects or contaminants is a major factor in protecting the quality of agricultural products. Thus, sorting of agricultural commodities maximizes quality for the consumer as well as return on investment for producers and processors. It is therefore not surprising that many types of sorting devices are commercially available and routinely used in processing plants.