STRASBURG, Va., Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Valley Milk Products is announcing a recall of 50-pound bags of nonfat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder that were produced from December 10, 2015 to July 5, 2016. The products included in the recall can be identified by the following lot numbers which can be found in the lower right front of each bag.
These products are not sold directly to consumers, but are used as ingredients in a number of foods such as bakery products. While these milk and buttermilk powder products received extensive testing by Valley Milk and no harmful agents were identified, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has raised concerns regarding the cleaning records for the drying equipment used to produce these products, casting doubt on whether these products may have contained salmonella. Testing by FDA as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia did not identify salmonella in any of these products; however, in order to ensure that its customers receive the highest quality and safest products possible, Valley Milk is initiating this voluntary recall.
All customers that have received these products have been notified by Valley Milk and instructed to return the suspect powder or document the destruction of the powder, after contacting Valley Milk for specific instructions. In case someone identifies Valley Milk powders with the above lot numbers in their dry storage warehouse and has not been contacted by a Valley Milk representative, please contact Michael Curtis at 301-512-5053 or email@example.com immediately for instructions.
While there is no evidence that salmonella is in these powder products, Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream such as septicemia, arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
At Valley Milk Products, we are dedicated to producing dairy products that meet the highest quality and safety standards required by our customers as well as complying with all government food safety requirements. Valley Milk Products has a long history of producing these products from our own dairy farmers in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We have been and will continue to work cooperatively with the FDA and the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide products that meet our customers' requirements, meet or exceed government food safety standards and provide the nutritious benefits of dairy products to customers throughout the United States.
For additional information, please contact:
Director of Corporate Communications
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.
1985 Isaac Newton Square West, Suite 200
Reston, Virginia 20190
703-742-6800, extension 7406
SOURCE Valley Milk Products LLC