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

Food Safety Alert

October 31, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Listeria Contamination in Raw Milk

Breese Hollow Dairy has voluntarily suspended raw milk sales until the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets resamples their 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 at the farm. Samples are taken monthly and tested at the New York State Food Laboratory to determine whether milk is free of pathogenic bacteria.

A routine sample of the milk was taken by an inspector from the Departmentís Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on October 20, 2008 and it was subsequently tested and confirmed positive for listeria monocytogenes on October 30, 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 to be associated with raw milk from Breese Hollow Dairy, who is working with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to correct this problem.

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