New Zealand 29.01.2024

Recurrent Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Lindsay Farm Organic Raw Milk Prompts Recall in New Zealand

Source: The DairyNews
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A raw milk producer in New Zealand, Lindsay Farm, has initiated a recall following reports of illness associated with Campylobacter infections. This marks the second instance in a few months where Lindsay Farm's organic raw milk has been linked to such outbreaks.
Recurrent Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Lindsay Farm Organic Raw Milk Prompts Recall in New Zealand
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) disclosed that two potential illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of Lindsay Farm brand organic raw milk. The affected product, sold in 2-liter plastic bottles with lot numbers 2612, 2712, 2812, 2912, 3112, 0101, 0201, 0301, and 0401, and use-by dates ranging fr om Dec. 30, 2023, to Jan. 8, 2024, was distributed in the Hawke’s Bay region through home deliveries and registered depots.

MPI strongly advised consumers who purchased the affected product not to consume it and to return it to the retailer for a refund. Alternatively, it can be safely consumed after heating to 70 degrees C (158 degrees F) and holding at this temperature for one minute.

This recurrence follows a Campylobacter outbreak reported in November 2023, wh ere three confirmed cases were linked to Lindsay Farm raw milk, resulting in specific batch recalls. Lindsay Farm had faced fines in 2022 for non-compliance with raw milk sale and supply regulations, and a Campylobacter outbreak was previously linked to their milk in August 2020.

New Zealand has witnessed 10 outbreaks associated with the consumption of raw milk from 2019 to mid-2023. A recent outbreak in October 2023 involved Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens, affecting 12 individuals at a catered private event due to issues with the cooling process in a chicken curry. Additionally, a typhoid fever outbreak among seasonal workers in Tairawhiti in the same period involved eight cases and was traced back to a worker who handled cooking responsibilities and had recently traveled overseas.
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