An Australian food technology company said it has developed the world’s first technology that can keep milk fresh for 60 days.
Based in Coolum in Queens-land, Naturo said its new technology is a world first and the “biggest breakthrough in the global dairy industry since pasteurization in 1864.”
Approved by Australia’s regulatory food safety authority, Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV), the new technology is noted as an alternative treatment to pasteurization for raw milk and has been tested and validated by a leading Australian scientific organization.
Naturo said its patented processing technology delivers milk that is 100 percent natural with no additives or preservatives, is nutritionally superior, retains its natural colour and taste, and has a minimum 60-day refrigerated shelf life when compared to other forms of processed cows’ milk, such as pasteurised and UHT.
The technology could have many benefits to the global dairy industry.
With an extended shelf life, milk could be exported via ship rather than by air to markets all over the world, the company said.
So far the process has been applied only to cows’ milk but it has potential to expand to other forms of milk.
Naturo founder and chief executive officer Jeff Hastings is the inventor of the technology and an agricultural engineer with more than 30 years experience.
He has previously developed processing technology for sliced apples and more recently commercialized 100 percent natural avocado processing technology that produces “no-browning” cut avocado.
“Our milk tastes like milk straight from the cow. It is safer, better for you and lasts longer. The primary difference between our milk and pasteurized milk is the fact that we don’t cook the milk to make it safe for human consumption,” said Hastings.
“Pasteurisation heats milk to a minimum of 72 C for at least 15 seconds to make it safe, whereas we are able to kill pathogens without relying on heat.
“Another issue with pasteurized milk is that while heating makes it safer, it destroys some of the goodness in the milk. Specifically, it kills all alkaline phosphatase activity, an essential enzyme for liver function and bone development, and reduces the vitamin B2 and B12 levels. These are particularly essential vitamins for children.”
Naturo is currently seeking investment for a pilot plant in Australia capable of producing 10 million litres of milk per year. 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.