Effects of manufacturing methods on taste and stretchability were also demonstrated. Cheese braids are very popular in the Republic of Georgia but this plant was not able to produce them. Cheese braids were smoked and sold in the local market and surrounding towns. With the new methods Hassan introduced, it was possible to braid cheese.
Hassan also provided training on best manufacturing practices and food safety. Cleaning and sanitation and personnel hygiene were discussed, and critical control points were identified. Hassan was assisted by a translator.
The introduction of new products will increase milk demand and allow farmers to be paid a reasonable price for their milk. The application of starter cultures in making cheese will assure high product quality, safety, and consistency, and shorten cheese making time. This will increase the capacity of the plant without additional investment.
"The major achievement of the visit was the creation of a platform, and the right mind set which will lead to widespread changes in the dairy industry in the region and help dairy processors and farmers sustain their businesses," Hassan said.
Hassan's visit also expanded South Dakota State University international visibility as a global citizen and reinforced its mission to provide service for the welfare of not only the U.S. but also the whole world. Hassan teaches various Dairy Manufacturing courses and conducts research at SDSU.
To learn more about dairy manufacturing and the Dairy Science department.