Raw milk warning for Pa. dairy…again

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Officials with the Pennsylvania Departments of Agricultural and Health advised consumers this week to discard raw milk produced by The Family Cow.

Laboratory tests and five illnesses indicate that the Chambersburg, Pa., dairy’s raw milk may contain Campylobacter bacteria. The dairy has been ordered to stop selling all raw milk products until further notice. Read more here.

The dairy released a statement regarding the possible contamination.

“Regardless of our own lab test results and our questions, we have halted raw milk sales while we send our current milk off to a 3rd party state certified pathogen lab for testing,” the statement said. “As always, we take food safety for your family seriously. We feed our family these foods too so we obviously take very personal interest!”

This is the second time in two years that raw milk from The Family Cow has drawn attention. The dairy made news in January 2012 after raw milk sickened nearly 150 people across four states. A new study looked at the 2012 outbreak and concluded that “consumers can never be assured that certified unpasteurized milk is pathogen-free, even when from a seemingly well-functioning dairy.”

See, “Lessons from the Family Cow: Raw milk always a risk.”

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