Valley Milk Products is recalling 50-pound bags of High Heat nonfat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder produced from December 10, 2015, to July 5, 2016.

The complete text of the press release is listed below but this is a follow up (and more expansive) to the FDA’s November 30th announcement that they had to step in and seize $4 million worth of product made at that plant due to failure to issue their own voluntary recall.

HighGround’s Take:  This is certainly not good for Valley Milk’s owner, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, as it shows the plant failed to rectify earlier salmonella concerns back in 2010, 2011 and 2013.  We find it hard to believe that this particular drier will be making products in the near future and highly likely that products made from that plant will have a tough time being sold to the industry for the foreseeable future, even if they do come back online.

Per the cooperative’s website, Valley Milk is capable of processing over 200 million pounds of milk per year split up into finished goods like cream, NFDM and buttermilk powder, so plant capacity is small compared to the rest of the US NFDM market. However, with High Heat NFDM and buttermilk powder recalled going back a year, there could be an underlying bid in those specific markets as end-users look to backfill finished goods that now have to be quarantined. As for the NFDM spot and futures markets, both of the markets are based on the low heat market and inventories are robust, so impact should be minimal.  That said, if there is a strong bid to replace high heat product that was lost, other NFDM manufacturers would need to fill the gap, potentially tightening up the low heat market as well. 

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COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE TEXT

Valley Milk Products is recalling 50-pound bags of High Heat nonfat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder produced from December 10, 2015, to July 5, 2016.

Concerns have been raised regarding the cleaning records for the drying equipment used to produce these products, casting doubt on whether these products may have contained salmonella.

However, testing by has not found salmonella in any of these products

The recalled products can be identified by the following lot numbers which can be found in the lower right front of each bag:

High Heat Nonfat Dry Milk Powder Loin 50# bags with a shelf life of 18 months with the following Lot numbers #:

  • H151210, H151216, H151217, H151219, H151221, H151222, H151224, H151226, H151227, H151230, H151231, H160101, H160103, H160105, H160106, H160109, H160111, H160112, H160115, H160119, H160125, H160126, H160129, H160201, H160202, H160205, H160208, H160211, H160212, H160218, H160222, H160223, H160224, H160227, H160323, H160406, H160411, H160412, H160414, H160415, H160419, H160420, H160422, H160425, H160502, H160504, H160506, H160510, H160608, H160621, H160627, H160705

Sweet Cream Buttermilk Powder in 50 # bags with a shelf life of 12 months with the following lot numbers #:

  • B151218, B160107, B160113, B160121, B160127, B160203, B160209, B160215, B160216, B160225, B160302, B160316, B160326, B160418 B160421

These products are not sold directly to consumers, but are used as ingredients in a number of foods such as bakery products.

What to do
Customers who purchased the recalled products have been notified by Valley Milk and instructed to return the suspect powder or document the destruction of the powder, after contacting Valley Milk for specific instructions.

Consumers with questions may contact Michael Curtis at 301-512-5053 or by email at mcurtis@mdvamilk.com immediately for instructions.

Source: Consumer Affairs

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