UHT – what is it?

In the context of Foodcom S.A.’s operations, “UHT” stands for Ultra-High Temperature, and it refers to a method of food and beverage processing that involves heating liquid products to a very high temperature for a short duration, typically between 135°C to 150°C (275°F to 302°F) for a few seconds. This ultra-high temperature treatment effectively sterilizes the product, destroying harmful microorganisms and enzymes, and allows for long shelf life without the need for refrigeration until the container is opened. UHT processing is commonly used for dairy products, juices, soups, and other liquid foods.

Most common questions

1. What are the advantages of UHT processing?

UHT processing offers several advantages, including extended shelf life without the need for refrigeration, preservation of product quality and nutritional value, and the ability to transport and store products in ambient conditions. It also reduces the risk of contamination, making it a safe option for a variety of liquid foods and beverages.

2. How does UHT-treated milk differ from pasteurized milk?

UHT-treated milk, often referred to as “ultra-pasteurized” or “long-life milk,” undergoes a more intense heat treatment than traditional pasteurization. This results in a longer shelf life, often several months, compared to pasteurized milk, which typically has a shelf life of a few weeks when refrigerated.

3. Are there any drawbacks to UHT processing?

While UHT processing has many benefits, it can lead to changes in taste and texture in some products, such as dairy, compared to their fresh counterparts. Additionally, the high temperatures used can affect the color and flavor of certain foods and beverages. However, advancements in UHT technology aim to minimize these effects.

4. Is UHT-treated food as nutritious as fresh food?

UHT processing aims to preserve the nutritional value of foods as much as possible. While there may be some minor nutrient losses due to the high temperatures involved, UHT-treated products still provide essential nutrients and are a convenient and safe option for consumers.

5. How does Foodcom S.A. ensure the quality of UHT products in its portfolio?

Foodcom S.A. is committed to delivering high-quality products to its customers. When dealing with UHT products, the company works with reputable suppliers and conducts rigorous quality assessments to ensure that the products meet all safety and quality standards. This includes verifying the effectiveness of the UHT treatment and assessing the sensory and chemical attributes of the products.