Pimaricin and Mycostatin for Retarding Cottage Cheese Spoilage

K. M. Nilson, K. M. Shahani, J. R. Vakil, A. Kilara

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Two antifungal agents, pimaricin and mycostatin, added to Cottage cheese through the wash water at concentrations of 20, 50, or 100 μg/ml of wash water or added through the cheese dressing at 1, 2, or 5 μg/g retarded the growth of Aspergillus niger and Saccharomyces cerevisiae and improved the shelf-life of the cheese. In general, cheese with highest concentration of antifungal agent and stored at lowest temperature had best keeping quality. Pimaricin was slightly more effective than mycostatin in inhibiting fungi; inhibition was greater if the antifungal agents were added to the cheese dressing and the cheese was stored at low temperature; and A. niger was more sensitive to the inhibitors than S. cerevisiae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)668-671
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of dairy science
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1975

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics


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