Voluntary Milk Recall Due to Failed Equipment
If you live in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts you may need to check to see if you are affected by the recent milk recall. This voluntary milk recall is due to improper pasteurization attributed to failed equipment used for pasteurization that was found by inspectors at an Albany dairy earlier this week.
What Does Pasteurization Have to Do With A Milk Recall?
The dairy in question, Midland Farms, has agreed to a voluntary milk recall simply as a precaution. When milk is pasteurized it is heated to anywhere from 145°F-161°F for a short time to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as listeria, E. Coli and salmonella. This also gives the milk a longer shelf life so it has time to stay fresh from the dairy to the store and then to your refrigerator. Some companies use a method known as Ultra Pasteurization where milk is heated to 280°F for a shorter amount of time, thus extending the shelf life even further.
How Will the Milk Recall Effect You?
If you live in one of the five states included in this milk recall then check the milk in your refrigerator. This milk recall is effective for gallons, half-gallons and pints of milk. If you have a brand of milk titled Midland Farms, Trade Fair Premium, Jersey Dairy Farms or Corrado Market then you should check the label for Plant Code 36-1661 and an expiration date of September 24, 2010. The voluntary milk recall meets these criteria and you should return your milk to the store at which you purchased it. You may then discuss with management whether your will receive a refund or exchange.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Christian Science Monitor