Food Spoilage in Dairy Product

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Food spoilage is a complex process and excessive amounts of foods are lost due to microbial spoilage even with modern day preservation techniques. Despite the heterogeneity in raw materials and processing conditions, the micro flora that develops during storage and in spoiling foods can be predicted based on knowledge of the origin of the food, the substrate base and a few central preservation parameters such as temperature, atmosphere, a(w) and pH. Based on such knowledge, more detailed sensory, chemical and microbiological analysis can be carried out on the individual products to determine the actual specific spoilage organism. Whilst the chemical and physical parameters are the main determining factors for selection of spoilage microorganisms, a level of refinement may be found in some products in which the interactive behaviour of microorganisms may contribute to their growth and/or spoilage activity. Milk and milk products are promising sources of energy to meet the global increase in food demand. Lactic acid bacteria are the key organisms in starter culture for milk fermentation. Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus themophillus from “kindirmo” have been isolated using the Man, Rogosa and Sharpe (MRS) a selective medium for lactic acid bacteria. Kindirmo is a kind of local yoghurt dominantly consumed in sub Saharan Africa and sold by Hausa-Fulani women in Nigeria. The starter culture was obtained from Fulani women hawking kindirmo in Federal University of Technology, Yola and fresh milk from local herdsman. The strains were identified according to their morphological, cultural, physicochemical and biochemical characteristics. Two isolates were able to grow on MRS medium. The isolate that was able to grow at 30oC, pH 5.4 and 6.3 was Lactobacillus bulgaricus, while the one identified as Streptococcus themophillus does not show any growth at pH 5.4 and temperature of 42oC. The colonies revealed big sized, circular, irregular, creamy grey colonies indicative of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus themophillus bacteria. There is need to exploit the potential in using the Fulani starter culture for increased yoghurt production using biotechnological techniques such as rational design using site-directed mutagenesis. Key words: Kindirmo; Lactobacillus bulgaricus; mixed cultures; Streptococcus themophillus; starter culturers. ORDER HERE NOW




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