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The Dairy Industry: Emerging Technology

Learn about about the meaning and importance of pasteurization and other technologies in this free online course.

Food Technology
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This free online course on the dairy industry and emerging technology explains in detail the meaning and importance of pasteurization. You will learn how to analyze the various factors responsible for determining the choice of pasteurization. You will also learn about different pasteurization methods and how to select a method. By the end of this course, you will have a great understanding of the new technologies in the food dairy industry.
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    1.5-3 Hours
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This course begins by describing pasteurization as the process of heating milk or milk products to a predetermined temperature for a specified period without recontamination during the entire process. You will learn how pasteurization kills all the pathogenic bacteria that may cause infection to consumers. You will also learn how the thermal death time of a microorganism is the minimum time required to achieve a total destruction of the microorganism.

This course describe the main objectives of milk pasteurization in destroying pathogenic bacteria that could have public health concerns for a consumer. By taking this course, you wll be able to distinguish between normal pasteurization which helps preserve milk products for a little while and the ultra pasteurization which preserves milk for a more long lasting period.

At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of homogenization, and how it is a physical process of breaking down milk fat globule into tiny droplets to discourage milk separation. You will also become familiar with microwave heating, its high effectiveness on low acid foods, how it can be used for continuous and batch processing of milk products.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • State the meaning and importance of milk pasteurization 
  • Explain the thermal death time of microorganisms in food processing 
  • Analyze the various factors responsible for determining the choice of pasteurization method 
  • Explain the different types of pasteurization methods 
  • Test for the effectiveness of milk pasteurization 
  • Explain the process of homogenization in the processing and preservation of milk products
  • Describe the non conventional methods of pasteurization used for milk processing and preservation
  • Describe the process technology for manufacturing dried milk
  • Discuss the new technologies food processing and preservation and their application in the dairy industry


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