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Dairy Recalls Milk Products Sold In Harnett, Cumberland Counties

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Jackson Dairy Farm in Dunn has agreed to voluntarily recallall its milk products with an expiration date of Feb. 18 because theproducts may contain excessive amounts of aflatoxin.

The milk products, which are stamped with the code "Feb 18 37-89," weredistributed to stores in Harnett and Cumberland counties this week.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Food and DrugProtection Division detected the higher levels of aflatoxin in twoproducts during routine sampling of North Carolina milk and milkproducts.

"There have been no complaints or reports of illness associated withthese products," Agriculture Commissioner Britt Cobb said. "However, weurge anyone who has purchased these products to discard them or returnthem to the place of purchase."

The products tested were:

  • Jackson Dairy's Pure Fresh Grade A Pasteurized Homogenized Milk Net ½ gallon Code: Feb 18 37-89
  • Jackson Dairy's Pure Fresh GradeA Pasteurized Homogenized Fat Free Milk Net ½ gallon Code: Feb 18 37-89
  • These milk products contained aflatoxin in excess of 0.5 parts perbillion, which is the U.S. Food & Drug Administration standard.

    Aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen, is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillusflavus, which may affect grain and forage products consumed bylivestock. If ingested in huge amounts, it can cause stillbirths andcancer in livestock and humans.

    Jackson Dairy Farm is cooperating with the department's continuinginvestigation.

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