Distilling Best Practices The Thermophile Files

by: Jeannemar Genevive Yap-Figueras

Publication Date: October 7, 2016
Length: 8 pages
Product ID#: 1-005-800

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Thermophilic bacteria are bacteria which thrive under high heat conditions that typically kill most other types of bacteria. Thermophilic bacterial contamination is a major and persistent problem for many types of food production environments, and can be especially troublesome for organizations that rely upon fermentation to produce their products. Thelma Castillo at the Negrosanon Distillery is facing contamination by thermophilic bacteria, and must find a solution to quickly eliminate the contamination.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Discuss and explain the characteristics and physiology of thermophilic bacteria.
  • Illustrate the significance of thermophiles in the food industry.
  • Develop a protocol for eliminating thermophilic contamination in the industrial setting.