Concepto de calidad en la industria agroalimentaria

Interciencia (Impact Factor: 0.19). 04/2008; 33:258-264.
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En las sociedades industrializadas del primer mundo, la demanda creciente de alimentos de calidad por los consumidores obliga a la industria agroalimentaria a producir alimentos que no solo cubran las necesidades nutritivas, sino que sean además seguros, apetitosos y saludables. Asimismo existe una creciente preocupación en el consumidor por el bienestar de los animales utilizados, y por el impacto que la producción, transformación, y distribución de alimentos ocasiona en el medio ambiente. Estos hechos determinan que el mercado haya cambiado su fuerza impulsora y su orientación, primando la calidad sobre la cantidad, o lo que es lo mismo, que la industria agroalimentaria pase de fijar objetivos centrados en la producción a prestar atención preferente a las demandas del consumidor. Las autoridades sanitarias, los consumidores y, por supuesto, la propia industria, han tomado conciencia de la influencia de las fases primarias de producción sobre la calidad y seguridad final del alimento. Por ello, es importante definir lo que significa el concepto de calidad en relación con los alimentos, así como su aplicación en la industria agroalimentaria.

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