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Food Safety Alert

April 05, 2007

Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov

Beech Hill Farms Voluntarily Suspends Direct Sale of Raw Milk to Consumers

CONTACT: FOR RELEASE:

518-692-9756 April 5, 2007

***CONSUMER ALERT***

Beech Hill Farms Voluntarily Suspends Direct Sale of Raw Milk to Consumers

Beech Hill Farms today alerted consumers of possible Listeria contamination in its "unpasteurized" raw farm milk. Currently, Beech Hill Farms has voluntarily suspended all raw milk sold directly to consumers until subsequent sampling indicates that the product is free of pathogens.

A routine sample of milk, taken by an inspector from the New York State Department Agriculture and Markets on March 26, 2007 and subsequently tested by the Departmentís Food Laboratory confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is one of the six pathogens tested for in raw milk and naturally occurs in the environment.

Beech Hill Farms, located at 724 North Road, Greenwich, New York, holds a Department permit to legally sell raw milk at the farm. Beech Hill Farms prides themselves on the cleanliness of their dairy operation.

It is important to note that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization, which eliminates all pathogenic bacteria, including Listeria. Producers who sell raw milk to consumers must have a permit to do so from the Department, must sell directly to consumers on the farm where the milk is produced and must post a notice at the point of sale indicating that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization. Farms with permits to sell raw milk are inspected by the Department monthly.


2007 Consumer Alerts