The microbiological quality of goat milk collected at Quebec farms was observed over a one-year period. Microbial counts increased during the summer period. Only one farm had a total aerobic count of >105 CFU/ml in >50% of samples taken from storage tanks. Coliform counts were <103/ml even when the total aerobic count was 106/ml. No relationship between somatic cell counts and bacterial counts was found. Exponential bacterial growth began after a lag of at least 3 d at 0–4°C. Good hygiene, rapid cooling and refrigeration, as well as frequent collection by refrigerated vehicles, ensured the production of good quality milk.
1Département de nutrition humaine et de consommation.
2Département de sciences et technologic des aliments.