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NY Agriculture and Markets Warns of Possible Listeria Contamination at Tompkins County Farm


The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets commissioner Richard A. Ball has issued a warning to consumers to not consume unpasteurized raw milk from Remembrance Farm due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Remembrance Farm is located at 6294 Searsburg Road in Trumansburg in Tompkins County. The Department of Agriculture and Markets says to date, no illnesses have been reported.

An inspector collected a sample of milk and discovered it to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

“On August 11, 2023 the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result. Further laboratory testing, completed on August 15, 2023, confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the raw milk sample. The producer is now prohibited from selling raw milk until subsequent sampling indicates that the product is free of harmful bacteria.” According to a press release from the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Anyone who has purchased raw milk from Remembrance Farm is asked to immediately dispose of it and then call the farm at 310-804-7240. Listeria monocytogenes is known to cause listeriosis that can lead to serious and fatal infections in children, cancer patients, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

It is also recommended by the Department of Agriculture and Markets for consumers to not consume raw milk in general as it does not provide the protection of pasteurization. Pasteurization is a process that heats milk to a specific temperature for a specific amount of time. Pasteurization kills the bacteria responsible for numerous illnesses and diseases.

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