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

Food Safety Alert

October 24, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Listeria Contamination in Raw Milk

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

Breese Hollow Dairy, located in Hoosick, NY, holds a New York permit to sell raw milk at the farm. Samples are taken monthly and tested by the Department to determine that the milk is free of pathogenic bacteria.

A routine sample of the milk, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on September 15, 2008 was subsequently tested by the Departmentís Food Laboratory, and tested positive for listeria monocytogenes on September 23, 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 their farm and they are doing everything possible to work with the State of New York Department of Agriculture and Markets to correct this problem.

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