900

tests in 5 European countries

73 %

of the tests showed organoleptic differences or had a germ density that was too low.

27 %

of the tests met the criteria and had no conspicuous organoleptic issues.

550

germs that dominated among the bacterial flora after the best ´before date´ had passed were isolated.

50

strains were then chosen and comprehensively tested for suitability as a protective culture.

5

strains were thoroughly examined again with metagenomic analysis.