March 28, 2015

Campylobacter Found in Black Hills Raw Milk

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reports they found Campylobacter bacteria in a sample of raw milk from Black Hills Milk in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Raw milk is unpasteurized milk, and has been linked to five food poisoning outbreaks this year, including one linked to Organic Pastures Dairy in California.

SDDA advises consumers that raw milk purchased from that farm may contain Campylobacter, a bacteria that can cause serious illness and infection. Symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include diarrhea that can be bloody, nausea, lethargy, and vomiting, and can lead to complications such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome that can cause paralysis.

The milk was sold at a retail outlet in Spearfish, Black Hills Farmers Market at Founder’s Park in Rapid City, and other locations in the Black Hills. If you purchased this milk, discard it or return it to the place of purchase. Pasteurized milk that is properly handled, bottled, sealed, and refrigerated, is very unlikely to contain disease-causing bacteria. Raw milk sales in South Dakota are legal with a permit.

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