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A video demonstrating the process of pasteurisation and explaining what it does and why it is important.

We continue our exploration of frequently used, traditional food processing techniques with a look at pasteurisation. This is an extremely useful method of eliminating potentially harmful microorganisms and is used for a range of liquid products. The video mentions ‘pathogens’, which are a group of microorganisms that cause disease in humans.

Can you think of items in your weekly shop that are pasteurised? Please share your product lists in the comments section below. The list of commonly pasteurised products is longer that you’d think and includes honey.

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How Food is Made. Understanding Food Processing Technologies

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