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

Food Safety Alert

December 28, 2008

Jessica Ziehm

Improperly Pasteurized Milk

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Bethel Livestock Farm, located at 522 Happy Avenue, Swan Lake, New York, is voluntarily recalling certain milk products due to improper pasteurization.† Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.

The recalled milk product is sold under the name Bethel Creamery Pasteurized Whole Organic Milk (Kosher Cholov Yisroel) and packaged in half gallon plastic containers.† The recalled products have a use by date of† JAN 7 2011 and were distributed to six locations in the Brooklyn and Rockland County.†

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketsí Milk Control and Dairy Services Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product was improperly pasteurized.††

No illnesses have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this problem.

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