U.S. Marshals Service seized more than 4 million pounds of product
produced by Valley Milk Products LLC (Valley Milk) of Strasburg,
Virginia. The seized products include dry nonfat milk powder and
buttermilk powder packaged in 40- and 50-pound bags for further
manufacturing and are worth nearly $4 million.
Department of Justice filed the complaint, on behalf of the FDA,
alleging that the seized products are adulterated under the Federal
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
an FDA inspection of Valley Milk, FDA investigators observed poor
sanitary practices and reviewed the company’s records, which showed
positive results for Salmonella in the plant’s internal environmental
and finished product samples. In addition, swabs collected during the
inspection confirmed Salmonella on surfaces food came into contact with
after being pasteurized.
"The FDA urged Valley Milk to conduct a voluntary recall of the
implicated products," said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate
commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The firm refused to recall and, as
a result, we have had to intervene and seize this adulterated food to
prevent it from reaching consumers who could be exposed to Salmonella
from these products." More information here: http://go.usa.gov/x8URq