Umpqua: Products in stores safe to drink

Umpqua: Products in stores safe to drink

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Umpqua Dairy Products Co. says products on store shelves right now are safe to drink.

This comes after a massive recall on Aug. 18 of milk and juice products manufactured from its Roseburg, Ore., facility because of a positive identification of Salmonella on some of its processing equipment.

The company has now issued this statement:

“With the help of our friends in the dairy industry, all fluid milk products in stores have been manufactured in a different milk processing facility than the Roseburg facility that was the focus of the recall,” the statement reads. “The products did not come in contact and were not exposed to the cause of the recall. They are completely safe to purchase and consume. We appreciate your loyal support and concern.”
 
The products safe to drink will have the following ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ dates:

  • Milk, flavored milk, half & half and cream with an expiration date of Sept. 6,2010 or later, under the Umpqua Dairy, Cascade, Great Value, Lady Lee, Market of Choice and Sherm’s brand labels;
  • Umpqua Dairy buttermilk under the same brand labels with an expiration date of Sept. 11, 2010, or later;
  • Umpqua Dairy brand gallon, half gallon, quarts and pints orange juice and fruit drink with an expiration date of Sept. 16, 2010, or later.

The company reiterated that Umpqua Ice Cream and other non-fluid milk products are not part of the recall. Customers who have questions or concerns may contact Umpqua Dairy on the company’s toll free line at (888) 672-6455 (MILK) or by e-mail at info@umpquadairy.com.
 
The voluntary recall still affects the following products purchased on or prior to Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 or:

  • Milk, flavored milk, half-and-half and cream with an expiration date of Sept. 5, 2010, or earlier; under the Umpqua Dairy, Cascade, Great Value, Lady Lee, Market of Choice and Sherm’s brand labels;
  • Buttermilk under the same brand labels with an expiration date of Sept. 10, 2010, or earlier;
  • Umpqua Dairy brand gallon, half gallon, quarts and pints of orange juice and fruit drink with an expiration date of Sept. 15, 2010, or earlier;
  • Or any fluid milk product stamped with a plant code 41-62.

Salmonellosis is an acute bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within one to five days after eating contaminated food. Most cases resolve without the need for medical attention, and antibiotics are not advised for people with uncomplicated illness. People who have consumed any Umpqua Dairy products and developed severe symptoms should discuss this exposure with a health care provider.

The following numbers of people from these counties have been infected with this Salmonella: Douglas, 6; Marion, 3; Jackson, 3; Lane, 3; Linn, 3; Josephine, 2; Coos, 1; Deschutes, 1; and Klamath, 1. The median age of those sickened is 13 years.