Published on : Jun 10, 2016
The global frozen processed foods market has been continuously plagued by an increasing number of adverse episodes. Freezing processed foods is known for being one of the best methods of preserving foods. However, there is a darker side to this segment of the food and beverages market that has caused much debate over recent years. There is a wide variety of products available in the frozen processed foods market, including poultry, meat substitutes, desserts, red meat, fish and other seafood, bakery products, and vegetables, all of which have been frozen as well processed to lengthen their shelf life. Critics of frozen processed foods claim that the contents of these products adversely affect the human body, and these claims are not without substance.
Frozen Processed Foods Market Plagued by Inclusion of Trans Fats in Products
The food and beverages sector is well acquainted with the fickle nature of consumerism, as is the market for frozen processed foods. There are number of challenges staring this market in the face, the most prominent one being the presence of trans fat in most products. Trans fats are included in a number of food products as a cheaper and somewhat healthier alternative to butter. Trans fats also have a longer shelf life compared to butter. However, now, scientists have presented proof that trans fats are actually more harmful and present double the chances of heart diseases.
Europe’s Horse Meat Scandal Continues to Threaten Meats Segment
The 2013 horse meat scandal that rocked Europe’s frozen meats market continues to raise concern among consumers regarding the safety of meat products. The core of scandal was that several products originally marked as beef were found to actually contain traces of horse DNA. There were also several cases wherein the processed and frozen contents were one hundred percent horse meat. This has brought to light the alarming discrepancies in the Europe food and beverage industry’s screening processes, adversely impacting the demand and market for frozen processed foods.