USA – Contaminated unpasteurized, raw milk spurs warning from ag commissioner

Food Safety News

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball has warned the public to not consume unpasteurized, raw milk from Thomas Miller dba Miller Dairy Farm because of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The dairy is in Pine Island, NY, in Orange County. As of the posting of the warning no illnesses had been confirmed but it can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms of Listeria infection to develop.

“The producer is now prohibited from selling raw milk until subsequent sampling indicates that the product is free of harmful bacteria,” according to the warning. “The department recommends that any consumers who purchased raw milk from Thomas Miller DBA Miller Dairy Farm immediately dispose of it and call the producer at 845-772-2492.”

A sample of the milk collected by an inspector from the department was discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. On April 21 the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result. Further laboratory testing, completed on April 29, confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the raw milk.

“It is important to note that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization.

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