Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

May 29, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Consumer Alert - Listeria Contamination in Raw Milk

Breese Hollow Dairy has voluntarily suspended raw milk sales until the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets samples its milk and indicates that the product is free of pathogens.

Breese Hollow Dairy, located in Hoosick, New York, holds a New York State permit to sell raw milk legally at the farm. The farm has provided raw milk to its customers for over three years and is working with Quality Milk Production Services to continue to do so. Samples are taken monthly and tested by the Department to determine that the milk is free of pathogenic bacteria.

A routine sample of our milk, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on May 19, 2008 was subsequently tested by the Departmentís Food Laboratory, and tested positive for listeria monocytogenes on May 28, 2008.

Listeria contaminated products can cause listeriosis, a disease that can cause mild flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals, and more serious conditions in immune-compromised individuals.

To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with raw milk from our farm and we are doing everything possible to work with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to correct this problem.

2008 Consumer Alerts