There are approximately 20 viruses which might be transmitted to humans by contaminated milk or milk products. Among them are milk borne viruses and enteric viruses which could contaminate milk products through process water during manufacture. Because of the lack of relevant data it is very difficult to assess the risk for consumers health. But the fact that the viruses in question are most likely only present in low numbers and that they are not able to multiply in foods lead to the conclusion that milk and milk products are very safe.
Metschnikowia pulcherrima is a naturally occurring yeast with applications in agriculture, the food industry and biotechnology. Agroscope is investigating this yeast in particular with regard to biocontrol applications in plant protection.
Soya-, cereal-, seed- or nut-based plant drinks are consumed increasingly frequently as milk substitutes. Agroscope researchers have studied the macro- and micronutrients in these drinks and have identified major differences between the plant drinks themselves as well as in comparison with milk.
Cheese varieties from Switzerland are characterised according to various criteria. Agroscope analysed the free volatile carboxylic acids in ten cheese varieties and demonstrated that the latter are suitable for characterisation and differentiation.