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Management, not Elimination
24 April 2007, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Pasteurization, Raw Milk, Regulation

The wikipedia article on Pasteurization notes that the process doesn’t sterilize the milk:

Unlike sterilisation, pasteurization is not intended to kill all micro-organisms (pathogenic) in the food. Instead, pasteurization aims to achieve a “log reduction” in the number of viable organisms, reducing their number so they are unlikely to cause disease (assuming the pasteurised product is refrigerated and consumed before its expiration date). Commercial-scale sterilisation of food is not common, because it adversely affects the taste and quality of the product.

See also:

Listeria comes from just about everywhere,” adds Dr. Dale Fredell, manager of educational services for the food and beverage division of Ecolab, St. Paul, Minn. “Not only can it stand a range of temperatures, it can withstand high-salt environments, too. You can’t truly eliminate it. What you can do, however, is manage it – manage its movement, that is.”

Emphasis added in both quotations.

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