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Crystal Ball Farms milk recalled

Food safety officials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are advising consumers to avoid consuming Crystal Ball Farms brand 2% Reduced Fat Milk sold in one-half gallon and quart size glass bottles with a sell-by date of 6/24/2013.  No illnesses have been linked to this product, but a routine inspection by staff revealed that records could not verify that the milk had been properly pasteurized.

Crystal Ball Farms is located in Osceola and distributes primarily in northwest Wisconsin and northern Minnesota. Crystal Ball Farms is contacting retail stores and voluntarily recalling the product.

Customers who have the 2% reduced fat milk product at home should return it to the store from which they purchased it. Crystal Ball Farms reports that about 448 one-half gallons and 36 quarts of product were produced with the 6/24/2013 sell-by date, which is located on the cap of the glass bottle.

Pasteurization is the process of heating milk for a set period of time to a set temperature to kill bacteria. By heating the milk, bacteria that can cause human illnesses are killed or inactivated. Pasteurization has been used for decades to kill bacteria when milk is processed for bottling or the production of other dairy products.

Inspectors from both states will be verifying that this product has been removed from the marketplace.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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