New York officials have issued a warning for consumers who purchased raw milk from Castle Farms, located in Irving, N.Y., due to possible E.coli 0157:H7 contamination.
No illnesses have been connected with the contamination.
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced this week that an inspector with the Department's Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services found E. coli in a routine sample of raw milk from the farm taken earlier this month. The producer voluntarily suspended raw milk sales until the sample results were confirmed, prompting state officials to prohibit further raw milk sales until samples are found free of contamination.
This isn’t the first time E. coli 0157:H7 has made news this year. Dual outbreaks in Missouri and Oregon sickened more than 20, including 5 children. The mother of one of these children spoke with Oregon Public Broadcasting in May, describing her two-year-old daughter’s fight with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a complication linked to E. coli 0157:H7 that can lead to kidney damage and death in children and the elderly. Read her story here.