Rick Barrett, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that Wisconsin State officials finally released the names of two dairy farms that were the sources of raw milk served at school events linked to dozens of illnesses. The information, which stemmed from state investigations of the raw milk illness outbreaks, was provided following a public records request from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
This year 38 people associated with the Durand High School football team fell ill after a potluck dinner where unpasteurized milk was served. Twenty-six of the illnesses were laboratory confirmed to stem from Campylobacter jejune. A state Department of Health Services memo released Friday by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, said the milk came from a farm operated by Roland and Diana Reed, of Arkansaw, located near Durand in Pepin County. Cow manure from the Reed Farm also tested positive for Campylobacter.
The agency also identified the Racine County farm whose unpasteurized milk was tied to the illnesses of 16 people, including students, at a North Cape elementary school event in 2011. It was identified only as the Schaal Dairy Farm. The bacteria that caused the illnesses was also Campylobacter.