Chambersburg farm linked to infections from raw milk can now produce milk again

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Feb 6, 2012 11:04 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A Franklin County farm that's been linked to 43 cases of a common bacterial infection has been cleared by the state Department of Agriculture to resume the production and bottling of raw milk. The Family Cow farm store in Chambersburg has passed a final inspection conducted by the department this afternoon. On the farm's website, farm owner Edwin Shank says the farm will take extra precautions to ensure product safety, such as upgrading its hot water system and conducting more frequent tests of the milk. The Agriculture department, along with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, had confirmed Campylobacter bacteria was present in raw milk produced by the farm last month. The state Health department says 36 Pennsylvanians, including 18 Franklin County residents, have become ill after consuming the milk. In addition, the department says four Maryland residents, two people from West Virginia, and one New Jersey resident have also been stricken with the illness. People from ages two through 74 have fallen ill, while the median age of those who've become sick is 26 years old. Nearly half of the people who've been affected are under 18 years old. Customers reported symptoms of the illness, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, from January 18th to the 28th. Last week, Shank posted on the farm's website that the farm would refund any raw milk products with a "best buy" date in January. He also asked anyone who's become ill as a result of consuming the raw milk to contact the farm.

*This post has been updated from an earlier version.

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