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food spoilage

Varying degrees of physical, chemical and/or biological deterioration of food sensory properties, nutrient content, and/or safety. Major causes include: 1) growth and activity of microorganisms, 2) natural enzymes, 3) insects, parasites and rodents, 4) temperature, 5) moisture and dryness, 6) air/oxygen, 7) light, 9) time.
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  • staling (food)
  • food decay
  • food degradation
  • food deterioration
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