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Is yogurt like Voplait etc, pasteurized?

Asked by kelly (1905points) February 21st, 2010

I’m on a restricted diet (due to transplant) that does not allow any unpasteurized dairy products, such as raw milk, cheeses like Brie. The yogurt container says active cultures but nothing about pasteuring. Do they start with pasteurized milk and add the cultures?

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jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Yep, it is pasteurized.

From Yoplait’s site: Source

“Whether plain, stirred or firm, the basic recipe for yogurt is essentially the same:
* A specific amount of skimmed or partially skimmed milk, slightly enriched with a dry extract (milk concentrate ingredients)
* Stabilizers (gelatine, pectin or modified starch).
* Homogenization, followed by hyper-pasteurization for a thicker and creamier texture.
* The mixture is then cooled to 43°C, whereupon Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria are introduced.
* The incubation period lasts 3 to 6 hours, depending on the degree of acidity desired.
* The yogurts are then chilled and distributed to retailers.”

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

Almost all dairy products in the mass market are pasteurized as far as I know. Otherwise a lot of people would be getting sick.

If you’re unsure of the contents of a particular dairy product, check the nutritional facts. They usually say if it’s pasteurized or not.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

What is Voplait?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@ParaParaYukiko In the details, the OP stated that the yogurt container did not specify whether or not it was pasteurized.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

For what it’s worth, the first ingredient of my Stonyfield Farms Yogurt is “cultured pasteurized milk”.

lillycoyote's avatar

I think it’s extremely hard to find any dairy products in this country that aren’t pasturized. Unless you live on a farm and make your own cheese. But better safe than sorry, as a transplant patient. Your doctor hasn’t gone over this with you? Ask him or her, ask your doctor to go over it with you, about where and under what circumstances you might encounter unpasteurized dairy products. This is really important. Don’t leave it to some bonehead on Fluther, like me, to answer this kind of question for you. That’s what your doctor is for. And I know you have at least one, because you don’t just go down to your local 7–11 and get a transplant. :)

ccrow's avatar

If in doubt, contact customer service for that company. They will be happy to answer your questions & might even send you coupons.

john65pennington's avatar

It just so happened that my wife was eating a box of yogurt when this question appeared. i checked the yogurt box and nowhere was the word pasteurized located on this box. this does not mean that its not pasteurized or does it?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@john65pennington:
1. What brand?
2. Did you read the ingredients carefully?
3. What kind of yogurt comes in a box?

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