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1 Micro-organisms in Food Production
Food Technology Micro-organisms in Food Production

2 Food Safety In Industry
Microbial Risk Assessment Why do manufacturers carry out regular microbiological tests on products? They have a legal responsibility to their consumers to ensure foods are fit for human consumption and of a high standard. Consumers will remain loyal if the company has a good reputation. In order to regulate their practices, microbiological testing is built into the manufacturing process as part of the Quality Assurance programme. This testing enables the manufacturer to sample each batch of product to check for any contamination and identify it’s source. If a batch proves to produce too many undesirable bacteria, producing dangerous levels of toxins, the batch can be removed from the shelves until the contamination source can be identified.

3 Food Safety In Industry cont..
How is Microbial Testing carried out? A sample is taken from a batch of product. The sample is made into a liquid solution using a stomacher which mirrors the action of the stomach by pulverising food. This liquid is then smeared onto agar jelly and left to incubate for several days. The dishes are then placed under a strong microscope and colonies of micro-organisms are identified and counted. The counting is done using a clicker pen and a grid (may be computers now).

4 Food Safety In Industry cont..
How are the results of microbiological testing used? If large amounts of pathogens are identified, the products may be deemed unsafe for human consumption and removed from circulation. Use by and Best before dates are calculated by micro- biologists who plot the rate of bacteria growth in certain conditions and mathematically predict the point at which a product becomes unfit for human consumption. They will always be cautious in their estimation.

5 The use of Microorganisms in Food Manufacture: Yogurt
Yogurt is milk, often concentrated or with added milk powder, which has developed a characteristic acidity. The flavour of yogurt is made by 2 microorganisms, -Lactobacillus - Streptococcus These two microorganisms must be in equal amounts and one must not out grow the other (bitter/ too acid product made)

6 How Is Yogurt Made? Ingredients in yoghurt:
Milk, bacteria, fruit flavours, stabilizers and thickeners Yogurt is homogenised then pasteurised at 90°C for 30 minutes or by HTST (high temperature, short time) method to kill microorganisms. It s then cooled to 44°C then inoculated with the starter culture. To make set yogurt – the mix is incubated at 44°C for 1 ½ hours, then poured into containers which are warm until the yogurt has coagulated. It is then cooled to 5°C- 8°C until consumed within 14 days.

7 How Is Yogurt Made? Cont.. To make stirred yogurt – the incubation is at a slightly lower temperature. The yogurt becomes thicker but not coagulated, it is then continuously stirred to prevent a curd from forming. Fruit and syrup are metered into containers followed by the yogurt mix, it is then cooled and stored. New developments: Frozen yogurt, long life yogurt Bio yogurt - a health advantage as there are more living cultures. The microorganism Bifidobacterium bifidium helps the stomach problems.

8 How Microorganisms are used for Cheese
Cheddar Pasteurised milk is placed in a large stainless Vat (tub). Lactic acid forming bacteria (Lactococcus cremoris and Lactococcus lactis) is added together with colouring. Milk held slightly above room temperature (25°C) and lactic acid is produced to about 0.17% - 0.2%. Rennet (enzyme) is added to coagulate protein at approximately 20 minutes. The temperature of Vat is now about 40°C to make curd contract and expel the liquid which is drained. The curd is cut into slabs (30cm x 60cm) ‘Cheddering’ involves piling up slabs and turning them every 15 minutes for a firm temperature The slabs are chopped into pieces again, allowing extra liquid to be removed. Salt is added and the cheddar is stored at 10°C for 3 months to ripen or cure.

9 How Microorganisms are used for Cheese cont..
Blue Cheese It is not pressed but gently packed into moulds so that penicillium blue mould can grow through the cheese lumps. The mould produces proteolytic enzymes and often ammonia is released which is a characteristic of the flavour of some of these cheeses.

10 How Microorganisms are used for Cheese cont..
Camembert and Brie It is a soft cheese. Penicillium camembertii (mould) which produces white growth allows the mould to grow. Enzymes from mould act on the curd and produces soft and creamy texture of ripened cheese. Shelf life is short.

11 Quorn Mycoprotein is the ingredient common to all QuornTM products.
It is a healthy meat-free source of protein and is also a good source of dietary fibre. Mycoprotein is low in fat and saturate and contains no cholesterol and no trans fats at all.

12 Mycoprotein Fusarium Venenatum:
The principle ingredient of Mycoprotein is an ascomycota, one of the largest groups within the fungi family, which also includes truffles and marels. It is one of a genus of filamentous fungi, meaning it is comprised of a web of finely spun strands (hyphae). Texture of Mycoprotein: Products made with Mycoprotein have a meat-like texture because the harvested strands (hyphae) have a similar structure to animal muscle cells (i.e they are filamentous with a high length/diameter ratio).

13 How Mycoprotein is made
Made in 40 metre high fermenters which run continuously for 5 weeks at a time. The fermenter is sterilised and filled with a water and glucose solution. A batch of fusarium venenatum is introduced. Once the organism starts to grow a continuous feed of nutrients, including potassium, magnesium and phosphate as well as trace elements, are added to the solution. The pH balance, temperature, nutrient concentration and oxygen are all constantly adjusted in order to achieve the optimum growth rate.

14 How Mycoprotein is made cont..
The organism and nutrients combine to form Mycoprotein solids and these are removed continuously from the fermenter after an average residence time of 5 to 6 hours. Once removed, the Mycoprotein is heated to 65°C to breakdown the nucleic acid. Water is then removed in centrifuges, leaving the Mycoprotein looking rather like pastry dough. The Mycoprotein is then mixed with a little free range egg and seasoning to help bind the mix. It is then steam cooked for about 30 minutes and then chilled, before being chopped into pieces or mince.

15 How Mycoprotein is made cont..
The product is then frozen. This is a crucial step in the process because the ice crystals help to push the fibres together, creating bundles that give Mycoprotein its meat-like texture. The pieces and mince are then sold under the QuornTM brand and also in wide array of products ranging from escallops to ready meals, deli slices to sausages.

16 Food Poisoning The increased use of microwaves:
Food cooked in a microwave doesn’t always heat up as evenly as it should. Because of this, cold spots can remain in the food. If you happen to be cooking a piece of frozen chicken infected with the Salmonella bacteria, the bacteria may not be killed in the cold spots which can result in a bad case of food poisoning when the food is eaten.

17 Food Poisoning cont.. The increase in the market share of cook chill foods: These products require a short cooking time and often can be cooked from frozen. If they are not heated until piping hot right through then they may cause food poisoning. The increase in eating out: More people are eating out either in take aways or restaurants. Although the council has responsibility for the hygiene of these establishments there may be times when the hygiene is not as it should be. Often individuals will order a take away and reheat it at some point.

18 Food Poisoning cont.. How it is caused:
Lack of cooking knowledge at home More ready meals More take aways Lack of trained catering staff More eating out More foreign food transported from around the world Factory farming

19 Look at the Bacteria slide for more info on:
Salmonella Listeria Monocytogenes Campylobactor Staphylococcus Aureus Escherichia Coli (E Coli) Clostridium Perfingens Clostridium Botulinum Bacillus Cereus


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