State warns of infections from Chambersburg dairy's raw milk

Written by Matt Paul | May 30, 2013 4:33 AM
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(Chambersburg) -- The state is advising anyone holding onto raw milk from the Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg to throw it out.

The Department of Health has confirmed five cases of Campylobacter infections in people who consumed raw -- or unpasteurized -- milk from the Family Cow.

Campylobacter infection is a common intestinal illnesses, which often results in diarrhea and vomiting.

Milk samples tested positive for the bacteria earlier this week.

"Agriculture officials ordered the owners of the farm to stop the sale of all raw milk until further notice," says Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps. "Until we go back there and do an inspection, the farm cannot sell raw milk. "

In a letter to customers, the dairy's owners say every lot of raw milk is pre-tested on site and have apologized for the inconvenience.

The same Franklin County dairy was shut down for 11-days last year when 78-people were sickened with the same bacteria.

At the time, the state health department called it the worst illness outbreak related to raw milk in the commonwealth's history.

State law allows farms to sell raw milk, but requires that the farms be permitted and inspected by the Department of Agriculture.

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