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Pennsylvania Family Cow Dairy Linked to Six Campylobacter Cases

Screen Shot 2012-01-27 at 8.34.25 PM.pngThe Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reporting multiple Campylobacter infection cases associated with consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from the Family Cow dairy store in Chambersburg, PA. DHMH, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, advises consumers that milk recently purchased from this store may contain harmful bacteria.

To date, there are six confirmed campylobacteriosis cases: three in Maryland and three in Pennsylvania, all of whom consumed raw milk from this farm. Maryland DHMH recommends consumers discard any product purchased from this farm since January 1, 2012.

Campylobacter is a bacterial cause of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and can progress to more serious illness, such as a bloodstream infection and other complications. Illness generally occurs two to five days after exposure. In 2011, Maryland reported nearly 600 Campylobacter infections.

The implicated milk is labeled “raw milk” (meaning, not pasteurized) and is sold under “The Family Cow” label in plastic gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. The Family Cow dairy sells directly to consumers at its on-farm retail store and at multiple drop-off locations and retail stores in the following Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties.

Raw milk and products made from raw milk (including certain cheeses, ice cream, and yogurt) can pose severe health risks. Pasteurization is performed by briefly heating raw milk to kill disease-causing germs (e.g., Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Campylobacter) that can be found in raw milk. Maryland state law prohibits the sale of unpasteurized milk.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    And this is what Ron Paul wants? Heaven help us!

  • fdaburgh

    We drink raw milk from the Family Cow all the time. We drank if on Saturday, Sunday and Today… were is the information that people that DIDN’T drink the raw milk are ALSO sick AND that the “test” was taken from an opened container of milk in the fridge of one family? Where is that information.. It’s NOT the milk!!

  • mike

    I purchased raw milk from the family cow during the period in question and had no problems with the milk. If it is contaminated why didn’t I get sick. In fact the taste of the family cow’s milk puts pasteurized milk to shame. Anyone who drinks real milk can testify to this. A significant number of facts appear to be missing from this article. The state of PA as of the date of this article have had no positive test results disclosing bacteria of any type which was found in their samples. The state of Maryland in both of their samples found positive results. I do not want to make any insinuations here but the fact I didn’t get sick and PA has no positive results on their samples yet seems contradictory to the Maryland results. This sounds a little strange to me. There has also been a number of the same type of sicknesses going around but no link to raw milk. No mention of this in the article. I personally am some what skeptical of this whole situation. I have been drinking raw milk (or what I prefer to call it real milk just as the Lord has made it) for over 10 years and have seen a significant improvement in my arthritis while taking no other medication and as far as I know I have never been sick at all from raw/real milk. Pasteurized /homogenized milk is processed and as a result the benefits and nutritional value of the milk is greatly reduced. If you want more facts about raw milk go to realmilk.com and see the other side of the story.