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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 
   
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May 23, 2018

State Department of Agriculture and Markets Obtains an Injunction Barring the Sale and Distribution of Raw Milk and Other Products by Udder Milk

The New York State Supreme Court Issues Temporary Injunction Order Against Udder Milk to Prohibit Company’s Sale of Food Products and Alert Consumers to Potential Foodborne Illness Risks
Company Discovered to be Illegally Selling Raw Milk at Drop-Off Locations in New York City and Long Island and Was Linked to Human Illness Case in New Jersey

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets today announced it has obtained a temporary injunction order against Udder Milk, prohibiting the sale and distribution of its food products in New York, and reminded consumers of the potential health risks associated with purchasing products from this source.  Udder Milk, a New Jersey-based, online raw milk and food delivery company, was discovered to be illegally selling and distributing raw milk, dairy products, eggs and other foods, including meats, at drop-off locations in New York City and on Long Island.  The New Jersey Department of Health also recently announced Udder Milk was linked to a human illness case involving brucellosis.

Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Consumers should know the potential risks associated with consuming raw milk and absolutely should not be purchasing it at drop-off locations or through delivery companies.  Udder Milk is currently prohibited from selling their products in New York and the Department will continue to work towards ensuring public safety by looking into other similar reported operations.”

In November 2017, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, along with the Department of Health, warned consumers about purchasing raw milk products after a New Jersey resident was diagnosed with brucellosis, which was tied to the purchase of raw milk from Udder Milk in New Jersey.

Although there are no confirmed illnesses in New York State, health officials remind consumers about the health risks associated with the consumption of any raw milk products, which do not have the protection of pasteurization.  Pasteurization is a process that heats raw milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time in order to kill any bacteria that may be present, including those that can cause diseases such as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis and brucellosis. 

Additionally, New York consumers should only buy food products from establishments that are licensed to sell food in New York and from manufacturers that have been inspected and/or licensed by the appropriate state or federal inspection agency, such as the United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or State Departments of Health or Agriculture. Consumers who may have purchased and consumed products from Udder Milk or other similar companies and are experiencing any signs and symptoms of illness should visit their doctor immediately.

The Department only allows the sale of raw milk directly from a farm and only by farms that are permitted by the Department. The Department also permits and licenses the sale and distribution of food products manufactured and sold at retail in New York State.

For more information or if consumers have any questions, they can contact the Department at https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/contact.html.


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