May 29, 2024

Raw Milk Consumption May Put People at Risk of Avian Influenza

Raw milk consumption may put people at risk of catching Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1), according to the Oregon Health Authority. This virus, also known as the bird flu, has now started infecting dairy cattle across the country. Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA, said in a statement, "We know that if H5N1 is present in the milk of infected dairy cattle, it will be killed by pasteurization. Drinking raw milk carries many health risks, and those risks may now include H5N1 infection.” The FDA has tested 297 retail milk sample from 38 states for the H5N1 virus. About 20% of those samples tested positive for viral fragments, but none contained the live infectious virus because it is destroyed through pasteurization. There are … [Read more...]

Chocolate Milk in New York Recalled For Improper Pasteurization

Chocolate milk sold in New York State is being recalled for improper pasteurization, according to New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. The milk was produced by Meadowbrook Farms Dairy, which is located in Clarksville, New York. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. Pasteurization heats milk briefly to a temperature high enough to destroy pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli, brucella, and Salmonella. Unpasteurized, or raw, milk, has been linked to many food poisoning outbreaks over the years. The chocolate milk was sold across the Capital region. The milk is packaged in half gallon glass containers that were processed on April 24, 2024. The lot of milk that is included in this recall has a black dot … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak

The FDA has updated information about the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak (HPAI), which has spread to dairy cows. The virus can be transmitted by wild birds of domestic poultry and other animal species. Sporadic human infections have also occurs. The "highly pathogenic" definition revers to the effect on birds, not necessarily in people. The infection in cows is causing decreased lactation, low appetite, and other symptoms in cattle. Based on information that is currently available, the commercial milk supply is still safe, according to the FDA, because of the pasteurization process and the diversion of destruction of milk from sick cows. WebMD has stated that particles of the bird flu virus have been detected in pasteurized milk, but particles of the pathogen will not … [Read more...]

The Farmers’ Creamery Yogurt Recalled For Pasteurization Issues

The Farmers' Creamery Yogurt, packaged as European Food Factory Grass Fed Plain Yogurt, is being recalled for potential improper pasteurization, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalling firm is The Farmers Creamery, located at 50 West Kittle Road in Mio, Michigan. Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to a specific temperature for a short period of time to destroy pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes. Unpasteurized dairy products can be a significant health risk to people in high risk groups, such as the very young, the elderly, and anyone who is immunocompromised. The recalled product … [Read more...]

Country Corner Dairy Cheese Recalled For Pasteurization Issues

Country Corner Dairy cheese is being recalled for lack of proper pasteurization. That means that any pathogens that may have been present in the milk used to make the cheese may not have been destroyed. This notice was published on the FDA's Enforcement Reports page, not the regular recall page, so there is no information about whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalling firm is Country Corner Dairy of Cullen, Virginia. The cheeses were distributed in Maryland and Virginia. The recalled products include Fresh Local Country Corner Dairy white Cheddar cheese sold in various sizes from 6 ounces up to 42 pounds, in vacuum sealed plastic packaging. the code information on the label is 080223. Also recalled is white Colby cheese in various vacuum sealed plastic … [Read more...]

Cricket Creek Farm Feta Added to Listeria Monocytogenes Recall

Cricket Creek Farm Feta cheese is added to the recall of Sophelise, Tobasi, and Berkshire Bloom because of inadequate pasteurization. These cheeses are being recalled for possible Lsiteira monocytogenes contamination. There is one illness associated with the Sophelise cheese; that person has been hospitalized. That farm is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Sophelise, Tobasi, Feta and Berkshire Bloom cheeses were distributed in Massachusetts and New York through Wild Oats in Williamstown, Massachusetts; Provisions Williamstown in Williamstown, Massachusetts; Wells Provisions in Charlemont, Massachusetts; McEnroe Organic Farm Market in Millerton, New York; New Lebanon Farmers Market in New Lebanon, New York, at restaurants, and at farmers markets. The feta cheese has a … [Read more...]

Pool Forge Dairy White Cheese Queso Recalled For Pasteurization

Pool Forge Dairy White Cheese Queso is being voluntarily recalled for possible risk of pathogen contamination due to inadequate pasteurization. Pasteurization is a heating process applied to dairy products that destroys bacteria such as E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Brucella, and Salmonella. There is no mention of any possible illnesses connected to this problem because the recall was posted on the FDA's Enforcement Report page. The recalling firm is Pool Forge Dairy that is located at 201 Bridgeville road in East Earl, Pennsylvania. The recalled product was distributed in New Jersey. The recall initiation date was March 14, 2023, but the center classification date is May 1, 2023. The recalled product is Pool Forge Dairy White Cheese Queso Blanco Blanco Delicias del Campo … [Read more...]

Health Alert For Seville Spread by Yellow House Cheese in OH

A health alert has been issued for Seville Spread in two flavors, by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The product was not tested for antibiotics, and there are no pasteurization records for the milk that was used to make the cheese. All milk that is used to make dairy products in that state must be tested for the presence of antibiotics before processing. People who are allergic to some types of antibiotics could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. And the milk that is used to make this type of soft cheese must be pasteurized. Unpasteurized milk may contain harmful pathogens such as Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and E. coli that can make you very sick. The recalled products are Seville Spread and Seville Spread Brown Sugar Cinnamon. The … [Read more...]

Green Field Farms Chocolate Milk Recalled For Improper Pasteurization

Green Field Farms Chocolate Milk has been recalled for improper pasteurization. Pasteurization is a heat treatment process used on milk to kill pathogens that make it safe to consume. No illnesses have been reported to the company or the government to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling company is Green Field Farms of Fredericksburg, Ohio. The recalled product is Green Field Farms Chocolate Milk with a code date of 09/29/21. The product is whole milk. The dairy says that 1,242 units of the milk were distributed in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington D.C, from September 7 through September 16, 2021. The quality issue is isolated to Whole Chocolate Milk with an expiration date of … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Camp Yersinia Outbreak in 2019 Linked to Pasteurized Milk

A Pennsylvania camp Yersinia outbreak in 2019 was linked to pasteurized milk that was produced and pasteurized at a small local dairy in the northeastern part of the state. Cases occurred in campers, camp staff, and community members who were not affiliated with the camp. One hundred nine people were sickened, and seven people were hospitalized. This was only the sixth Yersinia enterocolitica outbreak reported worldwide in association with pasteurized milk. Four of these outbreaks were at small dairies conducting on-site pasteurization. Five clinical isolates from camp members, two from community members, and nine isolates from unpasteurized milk from the dairy were indistinguishable using whole genome sequencing. The risk for yersinosis among camp staff who drank the dairy's … [Read more...]

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