Some dairy-delivery services switch to Maine firm.Byline: Elaine Thompson
Dairy farmers Dairy Farmers is one of Australia's largest and oldest dairy manufacturers, established in 1900, supplying products to local and international markets such as eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. in Central Massachusetts said the listeria Listeria /Lis·te·ria/ (lis-ter´e-ah) a genus of gram-negative bacteria (family Corynebacterium); L. monocyto´genes causes listeriosis.
n. contamination at Whittier Farms has had no noticeable effect on their businesses. But some home dairy-delivery services and farm stands that got their products from Whittier have switched to a Maine dairy.
Marjorie Cooper, 65, whose family has owned Cooper's Hilltop Dairy in Rochdale since the 1930s, said they process their own milk. But they and other dairy people are very concerned about what's happening at Whittier Farms.
"It sends chills down our spine, as it probably does the CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. at Hood. We're in the food industry. When something like this happens, we're all scampering around wondering what went wrong,'' Ms. Cooper said. "We hope the (state) public health department is able to come to some conclusion that makes sense to those of us in the business. As we look at things we just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how it would happen, particularly with the Whittiers. They do a very good job of looking after their cows and their customers."
The state Department of Public Health has determined that milk from Whittier Farms was the source of listeria contamination that resulted in the deaths of two Worcester County Worcester County is the name of several counties in the United States of America:
No one could be reached at Maple Farm Dairy in Mendon, which apparently bought dairy products dairy products dairy npl → produits laitier
dairy products dairy npl → Milchprodukte pl, Molkereiprodukte pl from Whittier. But a recorded message announced to customers that normal deliveries resumed yesterday.
"Our new milk supplier is Oakhurst Dairy. Information will be provided about this dairy ... My sincere apologies for anyone who was not contacted about the Whittier milk problem. I'm so sorry if we didn't contact you ..." the phone voice message said.
Linda M. Wheeler, whose family owns the seven-generation Balance Rock Farm in Berlin, said that since Whittier's production has been suspended, they began getting deliveries from Oakhurst Dairy of Portland, Maine Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a 2004 population of 63,882. Portland is Maine's cultural, social and economic capital. Tourists are drawn to Portland's historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor, which is at the mouth of the Fore River and part , on Dec. 28. She said the farm was contacted by Francis Gibson with Gibson Brothers The Gibson Brothers are a France based musical group, who had their greatest success during the disco boom of the late 1970s, and are best known for their hit single, "Cuba". Dairy in Worcester, who helped them find an alternate supplier.
"Oakhurst is good for us because they have artificial growth hormone-free dairy milk. That's what we were carrying before and we wanted to stay with hormone free," Ms. Wheeler said. "I would prefer to have glass bottles, but our customers seem to be dealing with this in a very kind and patient manner. They've really been great."
Francis Gibson said he referred some Whittier wholesale customers to Oakhurst because his company has been distributing the Maine dairy products throughout Central Massachusetts for the past five years.
He and his brother, Glenn, own Gibson Brothers Dairy home delivery. They also manage the wholesale dairy division for Acme (company, jargon) ACME - /ak'mee/ 1. A Company that Makes Everything. The canonical imaginary business. Possibly also derived from the word "acme" meaning "highest point".
2. A program for MS-DOS. Pre-Pak Corp. in Worcester, which distributes Oakhurst products to hundreds of stores, restaurants and pizza shops throughout the central and eastern part of the state. The company also provides Oakhurst dairy products to 25 to 30 public school districts in the area.
Mr. Gibson said he referred dairy services that used Whittier to Oakhurst because the Maine company carries similar products "direct from the farm ... local New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt. fresh milk." Oakhurst, a family-owned business that began in 1921, was the first dairy distributor in the country to pay its farmers not to use artificial growth hormone growth hormone or somatotropin (sōmăt'ətrō`pən), glycoprotein hormone released by the anterior pituitary gland that is necessary for normal skeletal growth in humans (see protein). in their milk. The company is also environmentally conscious, Mr. Gibson said. Stanley Bennett, spokesman and co-owner of Oakhurst, did not readily return a phone call yesterday.
"The reason for us to offer their products is by using Whittier, people were looking for Looking for
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In addition to Balance Rock Farm and Maple Farm Dairy, Mr. Gibson said, other local home delivery businesses that he has helped switched to Oakhurst include Bolton Orchards, Model Dairy in Boylston, Springdell Farm in Littleton and Idylwilde Farms in Acton.
Dale Bangma, owner of Bangma Dairy in Uxbridge, said that since the Whittier incident, he has received several phone calls from people who want to know if his business does home delivery. He suspects that some may have been Whittier customers. Bangma, however, discontinued dis·con·tin·ue
v. dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing, dis·con·tin·ues
1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: its home delivery business in 2001 for financial reasons. It is now a beef farm and ice cream stand, Mr. Bangma said. Like most other area dairy farmers, Mr. Bangma said he feels bad for the Whittiers.
"They are great people. If they could have avoided it, I'm sure they would have," he said.
Irene Drakakis, co-owner of Tony's Pizza in Sutton, said the restaurant has been a Whittier customer for a long time. She said she called the family this week to express her support.
"They're honest and hardworking. They have respect. They're very respectful re·spect·ful
Showing or marked by proper respect.
re·spectful·ly adv. ," she said. "We called them to tell them that when everything clears up, let us know, and we'll come back."
Steven H. Foskett Jr. of the Telegram & Gazette staff contributed to this report.