What Is Quality?
How can a high-quality food supply be defined?
To assess and monitor the quality of the food supply, it is necessary to define evaluation criteria and a common definition:
For the Observatory, a high-quality supply is primarily characterized by high-quality foods, i.e., foods that are nutritious and safe, whether they are prepared, processed or not. These foods are also produced, prepared or processed in a manner that respects people and the environment.
A high-quality supply consists of a variety of quality foods that are available and affordable in different living environments in sufficient quantities. In these environments, strategic product placement and proper marketing of high-quality foods also characterize a quality supply.
In addition, the Observatory recognizes that the foods constituting a quality supply must be physically and economically accessible to all and also acceptable to consumers.
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