Food Standards Agency
FSA statement about Barton Farm Dairy
Barton Farm (Kentisbury, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4NQ) has been advised by the FSA to stop selling raw drinking milk after tests carried out by the FSA and the local authority found samples containing levels of micro-organisms that breach food safety regulations.
The local authority North Devon District Council also found salmonella in a batch of cheese made with raw drinking milk by the company.
The affected batch of cheese has been withdrawn from sale and consumers alerted (a Product Recall Information Notice can be found via the link below).
There are strict regulations in place controlling the sale of raw drinking milk because bacteria can be present that would otherwise be killed by heat treatment if the milk was pasteurised. The regulations state that it is an offence to sell raw drinking milk that fails to comply with the microbiological hygiene criteria.
FSA dairy hygiene and local authority inspectors are working with Barton Farm Dairy to identify and resolve the cause of the problems to ensure the company is meeting its food safety obligations and the food they sell is safe.
The FSA rejects Barton Farm Dairy’s claim that this action is harassment. This is a completely unfounded allegation. The FSA has a duty to protect consumers from potentially harmful food products.
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Barton Farm Dairy has been advised to recall a batch of Kentisbury Down soft cheese because of the presence of salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.
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