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October 20, 1999

FDA Publishes 3 Month-Old Recall Affecting Over 17,000 Gallons of 2% Milk for Contamination

Johnson City, TN (SafetyAlerts) - Back in Mid July of this year, Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC.  issued a recall affecting certain pint, half gallon, gallon and 5 gallon containers of 2% milk manufactured by Flav-O-Rich Inc., of Bristol, Tennessee because the milk may have been contaminated with a drug residue.

The type of drug residue that contaminated the milk was not included in the report issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and calls to the FDA regarding  this have not been returned.  A spokesperson for the  Virginia Department of Agriculture said the drug residue was classified as 'Beta Lactam', which has been confirmed by the company.

FDA has classified this recall as a "Class II" Recall which is defined by FDA as "a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote."

The recalled milk was sold under the labels of Flav-O-Rich, Acme, American Fare, Food City, Great Value, Country Fresh, Pinemont Farms, White's, IGA, and Pet labels and distributed in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Use By Dates" of 7/23/99 appear on the gallon containers and 7/25/99 appear on the pint containers.  The FDA report indicated the firm conducted the recall via "telephone and fax on July 13, 1999, and by E-mail if available", no press release was issued by the company.   Because the product is past the "Use By Dates" this recall is considered to be completed by the FDA.

Consumers with questions may contact the Food and Drug Administration at 1-800-INFO-FDA.

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