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

Food Safety Alert

August 01, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Autumn Valley Farm Voluntarily Suspends Direct Sale Of Raw Milk To Consumers

Autumn Valley Farm today alerted consumers of possible Listeria contamination in its "unpasteurized" raw farm milk.  Currently, Autumn Valley Farm 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 July 22, 2008, 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.  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.


Autumn Valley Farm, located at 1644 County Highway #39, Worcester, New York, 12197, holds a Department permit to sell raw milk at the farm. Autumn Valley Farm 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.

To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with product from Autumn Valley Farm.

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