RTE Food Processing simplified

Ready-to-eat Food Processing

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Ready-To-Eat (RTE) foods are a gaggle of food products that are pre-cleaned, precooked, mostly packaged and prepared for consumption without prior preparation or cooking. Consistent with the 2009 US Food code (FDA, 2009), RTE foods should be in an edible form without a further preparation step to realize food safety. Foods during this category usually contain raw materials of animal origin, like eggs, fish, meat, poultry and ratites, and must be cooked to permit rock bottom internal temperature to succeed in a minimum temperature, for a minimum holding time, during manufacturing to destroy microorganisms of public health concern.

Next Stage ensures the economic cooking step is achieved by thermal processing using steam, hot water, microwave, or infrared. The thermal process should be designed by a thermal process authority and will ensure a minimum lethality (F0) for the target microorganism (usually a foodborne pathogen). A properly processed and packaged RTE food should be freed from the target foodborne pathogen and prepared for consumption. Work More Efficiently, Close Deals Faster 64% of the typical sales rep’s time is spent on non-selling activities. Next Stage can provide your revenue teams with access to quality leads, deep company intelligence, and world-class analytics. Spend less time searching and longer selling.


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