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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS ADULTERATED MILK BEING RECALLED

 WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 SAYS ADULTERATED MILK BEING RECALLED
 OLYMPIA, Wash., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith Brothers Farms, a dairy processing plant in Kent, is cooperating with the Washington State Department of Agriculture in a voluntary recall of its two- percent homogenized/pasteurized fluid milk, the department said today.
 Routine testing at the plant detected traces of beta lactam (penicillin type) antibiotics in milk that was packaged on Monday. The extremely low levels detected do not pose a significant health threat to consumers, however, the milk, by law, is considered adulterated and cannot be offered for sale.
 Antibiotics are approved for use in treating disease in lactating dairy cows, however milk from treated animals is not allowed to enter the fluid milk supply until a specified number of days after last treatment. All milk is tested for beta lactam drug residues prior to being received into dairy processing plants. The Department of Agriculture is investigating why the antibiotics were not detected in the milk prior to processing.
 Smith Brothers Farms milk is primarily delivered door-to-door with some sold through Seattle-area convenience stores. Smith Brothers Farms is exchanging milk free-of-charge on the next scheduled delivery date. The affected products are stamped APR 26 and involve only the two-percent milk in the one-half gallon and pint sizes.
 Approximately 8,000 gallons of milk was in the adulterated batch. Much of the milk has already been dumped or returned.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Sandberg of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, 206-753-5043/ CO: Washington State Department of Agriculture; Smith Brothers Farms ST: Washington IN: FOD SU:


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