Hilhof Farm Dairy recalls dairy products due to potential testing error

HERSEY — A local dairy farm is recalling some of its organic line products due to a potential testing error.

Out of an abundance of caution, Hilhof Farm Dairy, of Hersey, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of its organic line of whole, skim, 2 percent, heavy cream and chocolate milks because product testing required under Appendix N of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) was not conducted by a state-approved analyst, according to a release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation requires all people performing laboratory testing of milk to be sold in commerce to be trained and certified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

No illnesses associated with the recalled products have been reported.

The dairy farm’s Facebook page posted the following Wednesday morning:

“The State of Michigan requires us to test our milk before bottling each week. It is all a part of our organic certification, which we are happy to do to keep that 100 percent certified organic seal.”

The post explained two recently hired lab analysts did not have their training paperwork approved by the state, prompting the farm to recall the products.

“The milk is the same quality product we have been putting out for over 10 years and we stand behind it,” the post continued. “Please let us know if you have any questions, and as always, thank you for choosing Hilhof. We are proud of our milk products and work hard to ensure their quality for our customers.”

The dairy products being recalled are packaged in glass bottles and include Hilhof brand skim, 2 percent, heavy cream and chocolate milk lots with “best by” dates of Oct. 12-26; and whole milk with a “use by” date of Oct. 12. The products can be identified by the Hilhof label and glass bottle packaging and were distributed to 37 locations in lower Michigan.

Hilhof Farm Dairy is notifying its distributors and customers by phone, in person and via social media outlets and is arranging for return/pick-up of all recalled products. Retailers and distributors who have milk products included in the recall should pull the products from their shelves for return to Hilhof Farm Dairy.

A message seeking comment from the dairy was not returned by press time.

Anyone with questions regarding this recall can contact Hilhof Farm Dairy at (231) 832-1313 or by email at hilhoffarmdairy@live.com.

 

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