Pasteurization has been used for many years and is widely applied in the production of consumables such as milk, syrup, salsa, baby food etc. There are many viruses and diseases that pasteurization prevents, such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and Q-fever. Similarly, pasteurization kills bacteria such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli.
Its major value in Cannabis is that it not only kills all strains of aspergillus, but it also kills microbes responsible for aging and browning the cannabis flower, effectively extending shelf life. Pasteurizing your cannabis before submitting for lab testing will greatly reduce your risk of failing for any and all microbial contaminants saving you time and money in the long run.