SOURCE: Midland Farms

Midland Farms

September 09, 2010 17:00 ET

Midland Farms Conducts Voluntary Recall: Working in Cooperation With the State of New York

MENANDS, NY--(Marketwire - September 9, 2010) - Midland Farms is taking a precautionary measure and performing a voluntary recall of a small production of milk dated 9/24 (NYC code 9/18). This step is being taken in complete cooperation with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. According to traditional dairy plant operations and procedures, the product would be deemed safe. However, due to a mechanical malfunction with a chart recording instrument, Midland Farms was unable to record and document the standard pasteurization process. This record-keeping anomaly is the reason for the voluntary recall.

On Labor Day, September 6, employees sought to repair the recording device and were unable to procure parts due to the holiday. Using a manual technique, experienced Midland Farms employees continued to test the milk every hour verifying proper pasteurization with a standard Flourophos Phosphatase Test. All of the tests came back normal, and all other machinery necessary for the pasteurization process was working properly.

Many dairy plants rely on this test throughout the country and around the world, including the European Union. Currently, New York State does not view the Phosphatase Test as a comprehensive method to ensure pasteurization. The pasteurization process heats milk to 161 degrees Fahrenheit, and was established by Louie Pasteur in the 1850s.

"Midland Farms is working in full cooperation with New York State authorities at the Department of Agriculture and Markets," said Daniel Carbone, Midland Farms spokesperson. "We are confident in the safety of our product and will continue to provide the Northeast with the highest quality of dairy products, upholding our reputation as one of the top five dairy farms in the state."

Midland Farms was fully modernized in 2002, enabling the dairy to operate at the highest level of automation and accuracy.

The voluntary recall is expected to be complete by the end of next week. There have been no reports of illness as of Thursday and customers can return the milk to where it was bought for a full refund and exchange.