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August 2014

AURI clients receive USDA grants

    Six rural Minnesota businesses were recently awarded USDA Value-Added Producer Grants ranging from $49,000 to $200,000 each. Four of those businesses—Suntava, Living Greens Farms, Carlos Creek Winery, and Shepard’s Way Farms—have worked with or are working with AURI. US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently highlighted how important these rural entrepreneurs are to the US economy by the $25 million the USDA invested in businesses nationwide to help expand and… Continue Reading AURI clients receive USDA grants

    AURI collaborates on dairy research

      AURI is collaborating with industry partners on a variety of research initiatives aimed at increasing sales and demand for Minnesota milk products. Research that will benefit the entire dairy sector includes: •Listeria survival on sodium reduced processed American cheese slices •Technology to pasteurize whey beverages •Extrusion techniques for nonfat dry milk puffs •New uses for cheese processing co-products •Lactose and sodium rapid measurement technology •Sodium reduction in blue cheese •Natural… Continue Reading AURI collaborates on dairy research

      AURI and the cheese industry

        Idea to reality: In response to national health initiatives, the dairy industry is exploring ways to reduce the sodium content of cheese without compromising food safety and quality.  Salt helps limit the growth of harmful bacteria in cheese. The industry needed to know if reducing the sodium content of processed American cheese slices would increase the survival of Listeria — a food-borne pathogen that can make people sick. AURI’s role:… Continue Reading AURI and the cheese industry

        What is Listeria?

          Listeria is a common bacteria found in soil, water, and some animals, including cattle, according to the U.S. Health Department’s website:  It can also be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. Unlike many food pathogens, Listeria can grow in cold temperatures in the refrigerator. It is killed by cooking and pasteurization. Common sources of Listeria include ready-to-eat deli meats, hot dogs, meat spreads, unpasteurized dairy… Continue Reading What is Listeria?