From the Jersey Shore to Montauk Point, Tuscan is New York's #1 Milk
Tuscan Dairy has delivered fresh flavor to New York City, New Jersey and the surrounding suburbs for over 90 years. When it comes to milk and dairy, you can trust Tuscan to give your family the highest quality milk and products to keep your family healthy.
Founded in 1918 by Louis Borinsky, Tuscan Dairy Farms was begun as a family run distribution operation, delivering dairy products door to door on routes throughout Union and Essex counties in New Jersey.
Today, our milk comes from over 200 local farms throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and our products are available in supermarkets, convenience stores and food service outlets throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the northern half of New Jersey.
Tuscan Dairy Farms became Internet phenomenon on August 9th, 2006, when The New York Times published an article relating to users of YTMND.com leaving humorous reviews on a gallon of "Tuscan Whole Milk" available on Amazon.com. This was followed by a segment on ABC nightly news.
Tuscan Dairy Farms' mission is to consistently deliver safe and wholesome products to our valued customers. To meet this objective we have developed programs and policies that focus on the safety and quality of our products. At each of our manufacturing facilities we use a food safety system call Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). HACCP is a scientific, systematic approach that assesses potential food safety issues across the food chain, from procurement and handling of raw materials, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. HACCP establishes preventive measures to keep out potential food hazards and focuses on effective recordkeeping to demonstrate a continual commitment to food safety. Additionally, we apply what are known as Good Manufacturing Practices, which are requirements that ensure foods are produced under clean and sanitary conditions.
Tuscan Dairy Farms commitment to food safety also addresses the issue of food allergens. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized egg, milk, peanuts, fish, crustacea, soy, tree nuts, and wheat as the eight most common allergens that can cause serious allergic reactions in some individuals. We consider all possible sources of the eight most common allergens from procurement of ingredients throughout our manufacturing process, and when present in our products, we declare these ingredients on the product label.
Most of our production lines are used to produce multiple products. Because some allergic consumers may be sensitive to small amounts of the allergenic protein, we understand their concern about the potential carryover of an allergen between products that are manufactured on shared equipment. At Tuscan Dairy Farms, we have stringent equipment cleaning procedures and product changeover practices to prevent allergen cross-contamination.
We comply with regulations that mandate labeling of ingredients, including any allergenic ingredients. We also include trans fat content on the labels of our products as required by a recent FDA regulation. All of our milk, cream and orange juice products have a declaration of zero grams trans fat per 8 fl oz serving. We have a labeling specialist on staff that can answer specific questions.
Our Grade "A" dairy operations are inspected by state regulatory agencies on a quarterly basis. Juice operations are inspected by FDA or state regulatory on an annual basis to assure compliance with FDA's Juice HACCP regulation. In addition to regulatory inspections, each manufacturing location is audited twice a year by an accredited third party audit firm. These audits provide an objective assessment of the facilities compliance with our quality, food safety and security policies. The audit process helps us maintain high standards for quality.
Security has become a priority in the food industry. The security of our employees, facilities and products is critical to our business. We require security measures not only at our manufacturing locations but also at our suppliers and distribution points. Measures include employee checks, visitor controls, and facility checks conducted at specific frequencies.
Commitment to the Environment
At Tuscan Dairy Farms, we are also mindful of the environment. We recycle our plastic bottles. We purchase trucks for maximum fuel efficiency, and recycle truck oil by burning it for heat in our garage. Our trucks are also shut off at every stop, reducing exhaust. We shred our paper, saving hundreds of trees each year. In addition, we recycle all used cell phones, by donating them for re-use by a local battered women's shelter.