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MicroJiva Dairy (MJD) Cheese Starters is an innovative new line of products that offer a simple solution to culturing probiotic-based, natural cheeses. The high-quality cheese starters come in various forms:


  • Mesophilic homofermentative
  • Mesophilic Arom Type B
  • Thermophile Type C
  • Thermophile ST-Z

Key Strains:

  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus Delbruekii spp. bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus helveticus

Key Benefits:

  • Balanced formula for optimal taste and texture
  • Various forms available to culture different cheeses
  • Able to ripen milk for consistent cheese production
  • Simple solution to improve gut health and overall well-being


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MicroJiva Dairy (MJD) Cheese Starters is a selected blend of cultures supplemented with probiotic bacteria to produce high-quality and health-promoting cheeses. MJD Cheese Starters can each be used to culture several types of cheeses for all tastes. We provide premium ripening cultures including B. linens, Propionibacteria and DH yeast and starters for all types of cheese. Consumption of cheese made from MJD Cheese Starters can improve overall health through microbial benefits, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects.

We offer high-quality kefir starter cultures in various forms, tailored to your needs for marketing and distribution. With more than 3,000 bacterial strains available, our kefir products are made with carefully balanced formulas for great consistency and taste.

We provide four types of cheese starters:

  • Mesophilic Homofermentative (MJD-CC-H)
  • Mesophile Arom Type B (Heterofermentative) (MJD-CC-B)
  • Thermophile Type C (MJD-CC-C)
  • Thermophile ST-Z (Pasta Filata) (MJD-CC-STZ)

MJD Cheese Culture Mesophilic Homofermentative can be used as a cheese starter for various types including blue cheese, cottage cheese, chevre cheese, farmhouse cheddar, cheddar, cream cheese, colby and feta cheese.

MJD Cheese Culture Mesophile Arom Type B (Heterofermentative) can be used as a cheese starter for various types including general fresh cheese, soft cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, goat cheese, cultured butter and fermented buttermilk.

MJD Cheese Culture Thermophile Type C can be used as a cheese starter for various types of Italian and Alpine style cheeses including Gruyere, Fontina and Beaufort.

MJD Cheese Culture Thermophile ST-Z (Pasta Filata) can be used as a cheese starter for various stretched-curd or Pasta Filata cheese types including high- and low-moisture Mozzarella, Provalone, Caciocavallo, string cheese and pizza cheese.

All MJD Cheese Starters are available as powder sachets.

Key Benefits:

  • Balanced formula for optimal taste and texture
  • Various forms available to culture different cheeses
  • Able to ripen milk for consistent cheese production
  • Simple solution to improve gut health and overall well-being


Main Biological Ingredients:

  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus delbruekii spp. bulgaricus
  • Lactococcus lactis spp. cremoris
  • Lactococcus lactis spp. lactis
  • Lactococcus lactis spp. lactis biovar diacetylactis
  • Leuconostoc mesenteroides spp. mesenteroides
  • Lactobacillus helveticus
  • Propionibacterium freudenreichii spp. freudenreichii
  • Brevibacterium linens
  • Debaryomyces hanenii
  • Kluyveromyces marxianus

Suggested Use:

Quantity: The package contains 10 individual sachets of 10 grams of probiotic granules in each, for a total of 100 grams.

Directions: Allow powder to come to room temperature prior to use. Add sachet contents directly to milk, without preliminary activation. Mix thoroughly to evenly distribute culture. Propagate the cheese according to the temperature requirements for the specific culture type: Mesophilic temperature range (20 to 30°C) and Thermophilic temperature range (25 to 50°C).

Storage InstructionsStore cultures in the freezer for best preservation.

All of our starter cultures are certified Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Kosher and Halal.

From the cryotube to the starter, our total quality system is designed to guarantee your satisfaction. Our industrial division will provide you with:

  • Highly trained technical experts to guide you through the entire process
  • Research and quality team to ensure your product is made using the latest innovations and quality ingredients
  • Regulatory department to assist with legal matters and quality standards
  • Custom formulations and high-quality ferments for all your product needs


This product is manufactured in US FDA- and Health Canada-approved GMP production plants in US/Canada. It is 100% Vegetarian and Kosher.

Proviva Pharma probiotic products are produced by Biena Inc. located in Montreal, Canada, in the heart of St-Hyacinthe’s Biotechnology Park. The area has been recognized globally by PwC and AURP as one of the top bio-clusters for food, veterinary and environmental-focused health innovations. The region currently holds more than 400 manufacturing companies in the areas of agribusiness and biotechnology and is ranked one of the best and most qualified locations in Canada for its industrial dynamism.

Biena Inc. facilities are GMP certified where the probiotic supplements are produced from strain vials to finished products in personalized dosage forms, to fit Proviva Pharma’s needs. All of the Proviva Pharma probiotic products are manufactured under GMP conditions in a 55,000 sq.ft, state-of-the-art facility.

Quality Assurance:

  • HACCP & GMP total Quality System
  • Follow ISO 17025 International Regulation for Quality
  • Quality manual and SOP as per current Health Canada & FDA Regulations
  • Each lot’s safety & quality validated by certified third-party labs, environmental and pest control
  • Stability study on your formulas
  • Regular audit for Health Canada & FDA CFR 21 part 111
  • Approved vendors of many major pharmacies and natural food stores throughout the world

Quality of Proviva Pharma/Biena Formulas:

  • Qualified in-house production, QA, QC and R&D team
  • Production of highly active and stable strains
  • Controlled environmental conditions
  • HEPA Filtration
  • Air pressured clean rooms
  • Modern ventilation system for low humidity (≤35%)
  • Strict handling and cleaning SOPs to avoid cross contamination
  • Complete traceability of lots to ingredient suppliers
  • Over 150 QA check points to ensure product quality
  • Modern facility tailor made for ensuring cell viability and stability from strain vial to finished product

Facility Certified

All Proviva Pharma/Biena products have received verification in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Thus, each product is produced without genetic engineering and remains void of GMO-derived ingredients.

Proviva Pharma/Biena collaborative partners:


All departments work together to support your probiotic needs

Specification: Cheese Starters

Type Mesophilic Homofermentative, Mesophilic Heterofermentative Type B, Thermophile Type C, Thermophile ST-Z, Probiotic Supplements

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