Georgia Department of Agriculture

Dairy recalls 240 gallons of skim milk due to improper pasteurization

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is urging Georgians to check their refrigerators for a type of skim milk that is being recalled due to improper pasteurization.

Johnston Family Farm, 2530 Broughton Road, Newborn, GA, is recalling 240 gallons (in half-gallon and gallon containers) of skim milk with the sell-by date of September 16. Routine laboratory testing by the Georgia Department of Agriculture revealed the product had not been properly pasteurized. Pasteurization heats milk to eliminate harmful bacteria.

The product was sold at Whole Foods (Atlanta), Two Story Coffeehouse (Athens), Yogurberry (Atlanta), Daily Groceries Co-op (Athens), Athens Locally Grown (Athens), Sevananda Natural Foods Market (Atlanta), Alon’s Bakery and Market (Dunwoody), farmers markets in the Atlanta area and at the dairy itself.

Georgia Department of Agriculture sanitarians will be checking to make sure the product has been removed from sale.

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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