New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today alerted consumers that certain milk products distributed by FingerLakes Farms LLC, from Plant #36-1131, are being voluntarily recalled due to improper pasteurization. Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.

The recalled milk products are sold under the names Ithaca Milk Company Lowfat Milk and Ithaca Milk Company Cream on Top Whole Milk. Both of these milk products were packaged in quart, half-gallon and gallon sizes of plastic containers. All of the recalled products have a container code of SELL BY 013111 and were distributed in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Finger Lakes regions.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Milk Control and Dairy Services inspectors, and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel, revealed the product was improperly pasteurized.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the milk products.