BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is informing the public that samples of unpasteurized “raw” milk sold by Hoffman Farm in Franklin have tested positive for antibiotics. In accordance with state and federal requirements, Hoffman Farm has voluntarily recalled all raw milk sold directly to consumers starting November 1, 2018.
Raw milk samples from farms licensed to sell raw milk are tested on a monthly basis and there is a zero tolerance policy for the presence of antibiotics in milk. Routine milk sampling, tested at a certified laboratory on November 6, 2018, confirmed the presence of antibiotics. It is unclear if milk sold prior to this date was also contaminated with antibiotics.
Hoffman Farm holds a Certificate of Registration from MDAR that permits them to legally sell raw milk at the farm. To date, MDAR has not received any reports of adverse events associated with raw milk from Hoffman Farm.
Raw milk does not provide the protections granted by pasteurization, which destroys organisms that may be harmful to human health.
–Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
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