ALBANY, N.Y. — An upstate New York dairy is voluntarily recalling milk because it was improperly pasteurized, a process that heats milk to destroy bacteria that could cause illness.

The state agriculture department says the milk was distributed by FingerLakes Farms from Plant 36-1131 and has a sell-by code of 013111. It was sold under the names Ithaca Milk Company Lowfat Milk and Ithaca Milk Company Cream on Top Whole Milk in quart, half-gallon and gallon size plastic bottles in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and the Finger Lakes region.

The improper pasteurization was detected in routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspectors. No illnesses have been reported.

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