1. Research in this area will focus on identifying new tools to control pathogens in dairy. Projects should identify solutions that are novel to dairy and may include combination approaches. Solutions must have a reasonable chance of being applied in products and/or manufacturing plant environments with minimal impact on taste/functionality. Ideal solutions will be effective in a broad range of products, manufacturing environments, and equipment. Approaches may include but are not limited to:
- Protective cultures, antimicrobial metabolites, fermentates, bacteriophages, competitive exclusion, and antimicrobial ingredients.
- Pathogen mitigating processing / packaging steps.
- Technologies for practical, cost effective pathogen mitigation in dairy plant environments.