Journal of Dairy Research

Research Article

Mineral partitioning in milk and milk permeates at high temperature

Divina D Kaombea1, Yanhong Dua2 and Michael J Lewisa3 c1

a1 Department of Chemical and Mining Engineering, University of Dar Es Salaam, P. O. Box 35131, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

a2 No 2, Unit 2, Building No 7, Yard No 66, North Qing Shan Road, Dawukou District, Shizuishan, Ningxia, China 753000

a3 Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AP, UK


The soluble phase of milk was separated at 20 and 80°C using ultrafiltration. The resulting permeates were then subjected to further ultrafiltration and dialysis at close to these two temperatures. It was found that pH, Ca2+ and soluble Ca decreased as the separation temperature increased both in original UF permeates and in dialysates obtained from these permeates, but P decreased only slightly. The major reason for these changes was due to the precipitation of calcium phosphate/citrate complexes onto the casein micelle with concomitant release of H+. The pH of both permeates and dialysates from milk at 20°C were slightly higher than for milk. When UF permeates collected at 20 and 80°C, were each dialysed at both these temperatures, the dialysate collected at 80°C showed much less temperature dependence for pH and ionic calcium compared with that collected at 20°C. This is in contrast to milk, which shows considerable temperature dependence for pH and ionic calcium. Further experiments revealed that the pH and Ca2+ concentration of permeates showed high temperature dependence above the temperature at which they were separated, but a much lower temperature dependence below that temperature. These findings suggest that dialysis and UF of milk at high temperature provide the best means yet for estimating the pH and ionic calcium of milk at that temperature.

(Received May 17 2010)

(Accepted July 20 2011)

(Online publication September 13 2011)


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