Wisconsin Warns Of Castle Rock Unpasteurized Milk

Osseo, WI – Castle Rock Organic Dairy Plant, Osseo, WI, is warning residents not to drink whole milk dated Feb. 29, carrying the brand name Castle Rock Organic Farms, because it may not be properly pasteurized.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection conducted laboratory testing on the product and confirmed that pasteurization of the product may have been inadequate. Food Safety Officials are unaware of any illnesses caused by the product.

The milk in was sold in half-gallon and quart glass bottles. It has a sell-by date of Feb. 29 and dairy plant number of 55-1951 on the bottle. It is believed to have been distributed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.

Consumers who have this product in their homes should discard it.

Laboratory tests resulting from a routine inspection showed the presence of an active enzyme that is normally destroyed by pasteurization. Testing for this enzyme activity is a routinely done to check for proper pasteurization, a heating process that destroys disease-causing bacteria, including Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, Campylobacter jejuni, and Listeria monocytogenes. These food-borne illnesses may cause symptoms ranging from nausea and diarrhea to kidney failure, paralysis and death. Listeria infections may cause pregnant women to miscarry.

The products were produced at Castle Rock Organic Farms in a licensed on-farm bottling plant.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection