Pennsylvania health officials have confirmed that raw milk and raw milk cheese from one of the state"s dairy farms have tested positive for Salmonella. Officials are urging consumers and retailers who purchased these unpasteurized products from Norman Z. and Edith B. Sauder, owners of the Jersey Hollow Farm in Kutztown, Pa., to discard or return the products immediately.
Fox 43 News reports that an independent lab confirmed Salmonella in samples taken from raw milk and raw milk cheese with a date code of March 25.
Sales of raw milk and related products have been suspended pending further testing, but can continue once samples are found free of Salmonella and other pathogens. The dairy is also required to pass a state inspection before sales can resume.
To date, no illnesses have been linked to the dairy"s products.
This isn"t the first time the officials have detected contaminated raw milk from the Jersey Hollow Farm. In 2010, Salmonella was found in milk from the dairy. The dairy agreed to stop selling raw milk for human consumption until further testing came back clean for Salmonella and other pathogens, though Norman Sauder disagreed with the positive tests. BCTV reported that Sauder ‘s own tests came back negative for the pathogen.
"They want to scare the public that raw milk is bad," Sauder said of state inspectors in an interview with BCTV.
Sales resumed in August 2010, a month after Salmonella was first detected following two negative tests for Salmonella. No illnesses were reported in the 2010 case.