Dairy Recalls Milk Products Sold In Harnett, Cumberland Counties
Posted February 6, 2004 2:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Jackson Dairy Farm in Dunn has agreed to voluntarily recall all its milk products with an expiration date of Feb. 18 because the products may contain excessive amounts of aflatoxin.
The milk products, which are stamped with the code "Feb 18 37-89," were distributed to stores in Harnett and Cumberland counties this week.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Food and Drug Protection Division detected the higher levels of aflatoxin in two products during routine sampling of North Carolina milk and milk products.
"There have been no complaints or reports of illness associated with these products," Agriculture Commissioner Britt Cobb said. "However, we urge anyone who has purchased these products to discard them or return them to the place of purchase."
The products tested were:
These milk products contained aflatoxin in excess of 0.5 parts per billion, which is the U.S. Food & Drug Administration standard.
Aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen, is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus, which may affect grain and forage products consumed by livestock. If ingested in huge amounts, it can cause stillbirths and cancer in livestock and humans.
Jackson Dairy Farm is cooperating with the department's continuing investigation.