An Australian company has developed a technology for processing milk which it says will allow fresh milk to be refrigerated for up to 60 days.
The development could be a major game-changer for exporters which would be able to ship fresh milk overseas.
The Naturo company, based in Coolum, Queensland, claims to have developed a process which is the most significant since pasteurisation was developed in the 19th century.
Pasteurisation is a heat treatment which extends the life of fresh milk.
The company also says the new process destroys a bacteria which can cause illness in humans.
Naturo is seeking investment in a new plant that will be capable of producing 10million litres of milk annually.
Naturo chief executive officer Jeff Hastings is the inventor of the technology and said the milk tasted better and lasted longer.
‘‘The primary difference between our milk and pasteurised milk is the fact that we don’t ‘cook’ the milk to make it safe for human consumption,’’ he said.
Mr Hastings, an agricultural engineer, has developed processes for other food products including apples and avocados.
Naturo has received $250000 from the Queensland Government to develop the technology.