Primary food processing

  • Primary food processing is the first stage of converting raw agricultural products into consumable items.
  • This step involves basic methods like cleaning, grading, and packaging.
  • The aim of primary food processing is to preserve the quality, safety, and shelf life of raw materials.
  • Examples of primary food processing include milling of wheat into flour, extraction of oils from seeds, and preparation of fruits and vegetables for distribution.
  • Understanding these processes is crucial for food provenance as it assures produce reaching consumers is of high quality and responsibly sourced.