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

Food Safety Alert

December 23, 2009

Jessica Ziehm

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 our 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 by the state and tested at the Department to determine if the milk is free of pathogenic bacteria.  We also send a sample of milk weekly to Quality Milk Production Services at Cornell University to be tested for pathogens.

A routine sample of the milk, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on December 14, 2009 was subsequently tested by the Departmentís Food Laboratory, and tested positive for listeria monocytogenes on December 22, 2009.

Listeria contaminated products can cause listeriosis, a disease that can cause milk 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.  We are doing everything possible to work with the State of New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.


2009 Consumer Alerts