Georgia Department of Agriculture

Johnston Family Farms recalls milk products that may not be pasteurized correctly

Friday, March 4, 2011

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerts Georgians to the recall of two milk products from the Johnston Family Farms in Morgan County, which may not have been properly pasteurized.

The problem was detected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture on March 3. Inspectors found air space temperature during pasteurization was not maintained throughout the entire pasteurization process. Pasteurization heats milk to eliminate harmful bacteria.

The recall includes skim milk, dated March 6, and half-and-half, dated March 8. These products were marketed under the Johnston Family Farms name and sold in plastic containers. The skim milk was sold in gallon and half-gallon containers; the half-and-half was sold in half-gallon and pint-sized containers. The recall only affects wholesalers in Georgia because the products did not enter interstate commerce. Consumers are warned not to use or consume these products even if it does not appear or smell spoiled.

While the products have not been found to be contaminated with any pathogens, the recall has been issued as a precaution. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall.

Consumers who have purchased these products should return them to the place of purchase for refund, or discard them. Consumers with questions may contact Russell Johnston at 706-247-5023.


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