June 2, 2020

Pelleh Farms Whole Organic Milk Recalled for Improper Pasteurization

According to a notice posted by New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, Whole Organic Milk Non-Homogenized, that was produced by Pelleh Farms, has been voluntarily recalled due to improper pasteurization. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Unpasteurized Milk Recall

The farm is located at 522 Happy Avenue in Swan Lake, New York. The recalled Whole Organic Milk was sold in Rockland County and in Brooklyn, New York, under the name Bethel Creamery. The milk was packaged in 64 fluid ounce containers. It has the container code of USE BY APR 08 2018.

Routine inspections conducted by the Department found that specific lot was not pasteurized. Pasteurization heats milk to “effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella,” according to the safety notice.

If you purchased this milk, do not use it. Discard it or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund.

When milk is pasteurized, it is heated to 161°F for 15 seconds. This destroys pathogenic bacteria that can be present in all raw milk products.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “raw milk can contain harmful germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites.” To drastically lower your chances of getting sick from raw milk, always choose pasteurized milk. Cheeses, especially soft cheeses, that you buy should also be made from pasteurized milk.

It’s also important to keep milk and milk products refrigerated at 40°F or lower. Also, pay attention to expiration dates and discard any expired milk or milk products.

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