Milk Recall Affects Five States

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Before you pour yourself or your kids a glass of milk today, you had better check the label if you live in one of five northeastern states. That’s because Midland Farms and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a voluntary milk recall.

Four brand names of milk are involved in the recall: Midland Farms, Corrado’s Market, Jersey Dairy Farms, and Trade Fair Premium. The milk has been recalled as a precaution due to the potential of improper pasteurization.

Importance of proper pasteurization to prevent other milk recalls and ensure food safety.

Milk is pasteurized to eliminate disease-causing pathogens, such as Listeria and Salmonella, and to prevent milk from souring. Pasteurization involved heating milk at a temperature of 145 to 150 degrees F for at least 30 minutes or flash heating it to 160 degrees F for 15 seconds. The temperature is then reduced to not more than 55 degrees F.

Symptoms of Listeria (a condition known as listeriosis) include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea. Infrequently it spreads to the nervous system and causes headache, stiff neck, confusion, and convusions. Symptoms of Salmonella infection are similar and include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and bloody stool.

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The recalled milk products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. All the recalled brands of milk have the same plant code of 36-1661 and have a black ink date code for September 24 near the top of the plastic containers.

Gallons, half gallons, quarts, and pints are involved in the recall, and the milk products include reduced fat, low fat, fat free, and whole milk varieties. You can see a complete list of each of the brands on the FDA recall website.

Thus far, no health problems have been associated with the recalled milk products. If you or your family experience any of the symptoms mentioned above after consuming these products, contact your physician.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ milk inspectors discovered failed pasteurization equipment at the Midlands Farms plant in Menands, New York, on September 7 during an inspection.

Consumers who have any of these milk products should not use them and can either discard them or return them to the place of purchase. If you have any questions about the milk recall, contact Midland Farms at 518-436-7038 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              518-436-7038      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

SOURCES:
Food and Drug Administration
Mayo Clinic

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