February 20, 2003
B & B International Connections Has
Recalled Imported Russian Milk
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that B & B International Connections, Inc. has
recalled 500ml glass bottles of "Mozhayiskoe" (Product of Russia) Sterilized
Milk and 1 liter packages of 3.2% "Milaya Mila" (Product of Russia)
Sterilized Milk because they contain sulfonamide, a drug prohibited in food
producing animals and lactating dairy cattle. In addition, people who have
sensitivities to sulfa drugs may run the risk of allergic reactions if they
consume these products.
The milk was distributed to retail stores in the New York metropolitan area.
"Mozhayiskoe" sterilized milk is packaged in 500ml glass bottles with the
following codes: October 23, 2002 and November 12, 2002. "Milaya Mila"
sterilized milk is packaged in a 1-liter tetra pack (box) with the code
December 12, 2002. Both product packages are labeled entirely in Russian.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after sampling by New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors revealed the imported products
contained sulfonamide, a drug prohibited for use in lactating dairy cattle
and food producing animals.