Milk truck study finds diverse mix of microbes

Milk truck study finds diverse mix of microbes

Fresh milk is known to harbor diverse strains of bacteria that influence shelf life, sensory qualities and safety of fluid milk.

Fresh, unprocessed milk transported from farms to dairy processing facilities in tanker trucks contains a diverse mix of microbes that varies from season to season, according to researchers at the University of California-Davis.

Microbes with the potential to cause disease are destroyed during milk pasteurization, but not all bacteria and their associated enzymes are eliminated by that process. The remaining bacteria retain the ability to cause spoilage and quality defects in dairy

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