Role of Geotrichum candidum in Dairy Industry

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M. Koňuchová, D. Liptáková, A. Šípková, and Ľ. Valík

Department of Nutrition and Food Assessment, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Keywords: Geotrichum candidum, dairy products, safety


Geotrichum species are widely distributed in nature. They are commonly found in the environment, in foodstuffs and as part of the natural human flora. The best known representative, Geotrichum candidum, is a common part of dairy products mycobiota and plays an important role in the ripening of cheese. On the other hand, this saprophytic yeast also causes food spoilage and there also exists a risk of developing an infection due to G. candidum. However, its ubiquitous character contrasts with the rarity of infection cases.


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