New technology keeps milk fresh for 60 days

02-05-2019 | |
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An Australian company has developed a world-first fresh milk processing technology with the result being 100% natural milk which remains fresh and safe for human consumption for more than 60 days.

The technology, developed by Naturo, has been approved by Australian regulatory food safety authority, Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) “as an alternate treatment to pasteurisation for raw milk” and independently tested and validated by a leading Australian scientific organisation.

Opportunities for export

The process used kills Bacillus cereus, a common but unwanted spore forming bacterium in milk that produces toxins causing vomiting or diarrhoea. In recent tests it was shown that the milk remained fresh and fit for human consumption at the conclusion of a 91-day testing period when compared to only 14 days for standard fresh pasteurised milk. Naturo’s patented processing technology makes it possible to ship, rather than fly, the milk to markets all over the world including Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. While the process has been applied to cow’s milk only it has the potential to expand to other forms of milk including camel, goat, sheep’s milk and more.

Going for commercial scale operations

Naturo is currently seeking investment for a pilot plant in Australia capable of producing 10 million litres of milk per annum. The plant will allow the company to establish commercial scale operations for its own brand of products for the domestic and Asian markets. Naturo has recently received $ 250,000 in like-for-like funding from the Queensland Government in support of the technology.

Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor