Raw milk from a Pennsylvania farm has now sickened 78 people in four states, including a 3-year-old boy in New Jersey. The campylobacteriosis outbreak has been linked to raw milk sold from The Family Cow farm nears Chambersburg, Pa.
According to Food Safety News, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported two additional confirmed cases earlier this week. The outbreak started in January and has since broken the Pennsylvania state record for the most-severe raw-milk linked disease outbreak since 2006.
The Family Cow store voluntary suspended bottling for more than a week and have since resumed full bottling operations.
"It is important to note that this outbreak occurred despite the fact that Family Cow Dairy is licensed, inspected, and operating in compliance with Pennsylvania laws," the New Jersey Health Department said in a news release.
Raw milk can be sold legally in Pennsylvania, though milk cannot be shipped across the border into states, such as New Jersey, where raw milk cannot be distributed or sold. Out-of-state customers of The Family Cow farm, including those affected by the outbreak, traveled to Pennsylvania to purchase the unpasteurized milk.
This latest outbreak increase isn’t good news for raw milk supports who already faced a wave of negative news this week. A study released on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the rate of disease outbreaks linked to raw milk was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk. On Thursday, a federal court granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration an injunction against Daniel L. Allgyer, another Pennsylvania raw milk producer, to prevent him from distributing raw milk and raw milk products across state lines.