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Raw Milk Sample from NY Farm Tests Positive for Listeria

The New York Department of Agriculture & Markets announced Tuesday that a sample of raw milk collected April 28 from a Pine Bush farm had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Further testing on May 5 confirmed the presence of the bacteria.

State officials subsequently warned Orange County consumers and others in the area not to consume unpasteurized milk from the Stap Farm.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with consuming the milk, officials noted. However, the farm cannot sell any more product until it it receives state clearance to do so.

Bob Stap reportedly told a local newspaper that only one milk sample of five tested from his 100-cow farm showed the presence of Listeria. The Staps got into the raw-milk market about two years ago after 30 years of other types of farming, but he said that it only makes up about 1 percent of their total sales.

New York has about 43 farms that sell raw milk. The state requires licensed raw milk farms to be regularly tested and they may only sell the milk on the farm, not at retail or at farmers markets.

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  • jim

    Also illegal in Canada, even distribution including giving out samples & cowshare program.

  • Anon

    No it isn’t. There are a number of suppliers who deliver a variety of raw milk products and it is sold at Borough Market in London. E.g. the awesome folks at http://www.hookandson.co.uk

    • Fiona McEwan Aleksoska

      I’m in Scotland and it’s banned here.

      ‘The Scottish ban on sales of raw cows’ milk and cream was introduced in 1983 following a number of milk-related illnesses and 12 potentially associated deaths. The introduction of the ban resulted in a marked decline in milk-related illness, which has been maintained in subsequent years.’

      ‘ ‘No person shall place on the market raw milk, or raw cream, intended for direct human consumption’. This extends the ban to include sheep, goats, buffalo and any other species farmed for its milk.’

      http://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/farmingfood/dairy-guidance/rawmilkcream#.U7qceJSSxmo