Fungi and Yeasts in Dairy Products

Incubator Application

Fungi and Yeasts in Milk and Dairy Products

The use of HettCube cooled incubators to detect the presence of fungi and yeasts in milk and dairy products

Fungi and yeasts are amongst the most frequent organisms responsible for the spoilage of milk products, especially fermented products such as yogurt or curd cheese. They adversely affect the quality of the product, may affect the health of the consumer and cause lost production output for the manufacturer. The micro-organisms required for the production of cheese can also adversely affect the production process if they are in the wrong place. Milk and dairy products are therefore tested for the presence of fungi and yeasts at regular intervals, both by the manufacturer and by the regulatory authorities.


An analytical method is specified in the Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetz (LFGB) [Food and Feedstuff Act]. A diluted sample is pipetted into a Petri dish containing a nutrient medium that is liquefied and cooled in advance. The sample and nutrient medium are mixed so that the sample is evenly distributed in the medium and then incubated


Milk and dairy products are tested by the regulatory authorities for the presence of fungi and yeasts at regular intervals to protect consumers. Manufacturers also test their products for the presence of yeasts and fungi to establish any adverse effects on quality in good time so that they can initiate measures to prevent problems that could lead to production losses.

Incubation conditions according to the analytical method given in § 64 lFGB*
Temperature: 25 °C
Duration: 4 days


*Amtliche Sammlung von untersuchungsverfahren nach § 64 LFGB (vormals § 35 LMBG), Band i (L), L 01.00-37: Bestimmung der Anzahl von hefen und Schimmelpilzen in Milch und Milchprodukten; Referenzverfahren. 1991 [official collection of test methods in accordance with § 64 of the LFGB (previously § 35 of the LMBG), Vol. i (L) L 01.00-37: Quantification of yeast and fungi in milk and dairy products; reference method 1991]

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