Raw drinking milk producer Real Milk Timaru is recalling specific batches of raw milk after routine testing detected traces of Listeria.
The recall affects Lindsay Farm branded raw drinking milk with a date marking between 3 July and 11 August, distributed in a range of locations between Dannevirke and Auckland. The product is sold in 2 litre plastic bottles.
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has confirmed Campylobacter infection in a person whose family regularly drank Lindsay Farm’s raw milk. The person was admitted to hospital but has since been discharged. There are no other reports of illness in the family.
Ministry for Primary Industries food compliance manager Melinda Sando says people with Lindsay Farm raw milk at home should visit the MPI recalls website to check if it is among the batches of recalled product.
“If you have any of the recalled product, please throw it out or return it to your supplier.
“You can also heat the raw milk until just boiling or at 70 degrees for one minute to kill any bacteria present before drinking it.”
Raw milk should also be refrigerated (at 4 degrees or less) to reduce the risk of any harmful bacteria in the milk growing to levels which may make you sick.
If you have health concerns after drinking the product please talk to your doctor. Symptoms of Campylobacterinfection are vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, headache and body aches.
Drinking raw milk carries inherent risks as it may contain harmful bacteria which are killed through the pasteurisation process, says Sando.
MPI says it is working with Hawke's Bay District Health Board to minimise risk to the public.