Lab Pasteurized Count for Estimating Bacteria in Raw Milk
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Lab Pasteurized Count for Estimating Bacteria in Raw Milk

The Lab Pasteurized Count (LPC) estimates the number of bacteria in a raw milk sample that can survive the pasteurization process. Most bacteria are destroyed by pasteurization. However, certain types are not. (Source: Journal of Dairy Science 92(10):4978-87) Lab Pasteurized Count test determines bacteria that are not natural Raw milk can be contaminated by various…

Post-Pasteurization Contamination Monitoring: A Canary in the Coal Mine
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Post-Pasteurization Contamination Monitoring: A Canary in the Coal Mine

Post-pasteurization contamination in dairy plants is a warning signal for potential food safety and spoilage concerns. While having an effective sanitation program gets the most attention, good sanitation alone cannot guarantee product quality and food safety. Sampling and testing products during processing are critical for identifying potential sources of post-pasteurization contamination. Possible causes of post-pasteurization…

Impact of Bacteriophages in Dairy Processing – Part 1
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Impact of Bacteriophages in Dairy Processing – Part 1

The quality of milk can be negatively impacted by multiple sources of contamination in a dairy processing plant. Previous blogs focused primarily on microbial contamination of raw milk caused by various bacteria. For products such as cheese and yogurt, starter culture bacteria play a positive and essential role. However, the fermentation function of starter cultures can be threatened by another microbial contamination, bacteriophages, or phages as…

Water System Testing for Microorganisms in a Brewery – Committed to Quality
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Water System Testing for Microorganisms in a Brewery – Committed to Quality

Water system testing for microorganisms in a brewery is a regular part of the process at Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC). It has been the hallmark of this iconic brewery for well over a century and shows its total commitment to quality. A brief history of CSBC CSBC is located in Cold Spring, Minnesota. It…

Psychrotrophic Bacteria in Pasteurized Milk—Spoilage, Testing, and Line Sampling
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Psychrotrophic Bacteria in Pasteurized Milk—Spoilage, Testing, and Line Sampling

Bacteria in pasteurized milk is the leading cause of spoilage and reducing shelf-life. Refer to my earlier posts, How Bacterial Generation Times Impact Fluid Milk Quality and Shelf-life and Heat-Resistant Psychrotrophic Bacteria and Their Effect on the Quality of Pasteurized Milk. In those posts, I discussed the collective efforts of the dairy industry and regulatory…

How Do I Know My Food Is Still Safe During COVID-19?
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How Do I Know My Food Is Still Safe During COVID-19?

In a statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated 4/02/2020, “…we have postponed routine surveillance inspections of domestic human and animal food facilities and farms out of concern for the health and well-being of FDA investigators and state inspectors and to respect industry safety concerns about visitors.” This statement was part of a…