Special Issue "Milk"

A special issue of Beverages (ISSN 2306-5710).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Georgios Samouris
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Guest Editor
Veterinary Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER, Campus of Thermi, 570 01, Thermi, Thessaloniki, GREECE
Interests: milk; antibiotics; hygiene; toxicology; dairy technology; dairy microbiology; dairy analysis
Prof. Rosanna Tofalo
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment, University of Teramo, Via R. Balzarini, 1-64100 Teramo, Italy
Interests: wine yeast; Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Kluyveromyces marxianus; non-Saccharomyces; yeast physiology; yeast flocculation; biofilm; dairy products; molecular methods; food fermentation; volatile organic compounds; microbial spoilage; biogenic amines; food safety
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Dear Colleagues,

Dairy products have been an important part of the human diet for some 8000 years and are part of the official nutritional recommendations in many countries worldwide. They provide a package of key nutrients that are difficult to obtain in diets with limited or no dairy products, such as vegan or dairy restrictive diets. Indeed, dairy products are rich in calcium, protein, potassium and phosphorus.

Fermented milk products naturally have high nutritional value and many health-promoting effects, which may be attributed to the release of bioactive compounds.

Furthermore, fermented milk products have lower lactose levels than milk and fermented products are useful for people with a lactase deficiency.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present scientifically sound data regarding the risks and benefits related to the consumption milk and dairy products. Both microbiological aspects (e.g., the prevalence of milk-borne pathogens, pathogen growth inhibition by antimicrobial systems and by lactic acid producing bacteria, probiotic bacteria,) and nutritional or health aspects (nutritional value, immunity, allergies, lactose intolerance, diabetes, milk digestibility,) will be considered.

Thus we kindly invite you to submit your work such as research papers, research notes and scientific reviews.

Dr. Georgios Samouris
Prof. Rosanna Tofalo
Guest Editors

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  • milk
  • hygiene
  • dairy technology
  • dairy microbiology
  • safety
  • dairy analysis

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Detection and Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis Typing of Listeria monocytogenes Isolates from Milk Vending Machines in Croatia
Beverages 2019, 5(3), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/beverages5030046 - 19 Jul 2019
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk from vending machines, based on culture and molecular detection of pathogen and Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis typing. From December 2015 to January 2017, a total of 319 [...] Read more.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk from vending machines, based on culture and molecular detection of pathogen and Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis typing. From December 2015 to January 2017, a total of 319 milk samples from 36 vending machines were examined for the presence and count of L. monocytogenes by reference methods ISO 11290:1 and ISO 11290:2. Molecular detection of pathogens was performed by loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP) coupled with bioluminescence (Molecular Detection Assay). L. monocytogenes was detected by MDA in 14 milk samples (4.38%) from four farms, compared to eight positive samples (2.5%) retrieved by a reference ISO method. Cultivable L. monocytogenes isolates were subjected to Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis typing and pulsotypes were compared with those obtained during the previous survey in Croatia (2014‒2015). It was found that identical PFGE patterns of L. monocytogenes occur in milk samples of the same producer over a three-year period, indicating the persistence of pathogens in raw milk vending machines. The results obtained support the need for more effective control of milk in the entire food chain. Full article
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