March 4, 2015

TN Health Officials Warn of Raw Milk Dangers

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Consumers searching for natural foods shouldn't be duped into thinking raw milk is a safe choice, say Tennessee health officials.  Unpasteurized milk can harbor dangerous bacteria that can cause life-threatening illness. “It’s true many people grew up on farms and drank raw milk from their cows and goats with no ill effects,”said John Dunn, DVM, MPH, director of foodborne disease prevention services for the Tennessee Department of Health. Dunn  “It’s also true others weren’t as lucky, swallowing bacteria-laden milk that did great harm. Pasteurization destroys dangerous microorganisms without substantially altering the taste or nutritive value of milk." Infants, young children, pregnant women, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risks of serious health … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium in Raw Goat Milk Sickened 11 in Idaho

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Cryptosporidium in raw milk sickened 11 people in Idaho last year, according to a new report from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak, linked to Treasured Sunrise Farms in Parma, Idaho, was the first ever Cryptosporidium raw milk outbreak linked to raw goat milk. A  Cryptosporidium raw milk outbreak was linked to raw cow milk in Minnesota in 2010. The 11 ill people sickened ranged in age from 2 months to 76 years. The median age was 11. One person was hospitalized. Symptoms of an infection, which usually develop between two and 10 days of exposure, include: watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, vomiting and weight loss. Illness typically lasts one to two weeks, but can linger for up to a month. Because Cryptosporidium infections can’t … [Read more...]

Durand Dairy Denies Raw Milk Sickened Football Team

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The owners of a farm linked to a raw milk Campylobacter outbreak that sickened dozens of students and coaches who attended a football banquet in Durand, Wisconsin agreed to have their Grade A permit suspended for 30 days, but deny their milk was the source of the outbreak. Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) announced the farm's permit would be suspended for 30 days because of its link to the outbreak. The farm must abide by terms of an agreement with the ag department or face further penalties. Roland and Diana Reed pleaded no contest to a charge of distributing unpasteurized milk and maintain that outbreak was caused by other food served at the banquet. But health officials say the outbreak strain found in stool samples taken … [Read more...]

After Campylobacter Raw Milk Outbreak, Wisconsin Farm Penalized

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After being linked to a raw milk Campylobacter outbreak that sickened dozens of students and coaches who attended a football banquet in Durand, Wisconsin, the owners of a Pepin County dairy will have their Grade A permit suspended for 30 days, according to the The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP). Roland and Diana Reed, the owners of a Arkansaw, Wis. farm, served raw milk at a potluck dinner for the Durand High School football team in September and did not tell attendees that the milk was unpasteurized. Thirty three students and five coaches  who drank the milk were sickened with Campylobacter infections. Ten of them were hospitalized. Campylobacter in manure samples taken form the farm matched tthe strain found in those who were sickened, … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Causes the Most Raw Milk Outbreaks

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Campylobacter is the source of most raw milk outbreaks, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, which found raw milk outbreaks are on the rise, compared data from the two-year periods 2007-2009 and 2010-2012. Campylobacter causes an illness in humans called campylobacteriosis which produces diarrheal illness, fever, and abdominal cramps that can last up to 10 days. In rare cases, a Campylobacter infection can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, an illness that causes paralysis and death. In every year from 2007 to 2012, Campylobacter was the source of the majority of raw milk outbreaks, accounting for 81 percent of them overall. E. coli caused the second most with 17 percent, Salmonella was third with 3 percent and Coxiella burnetii was … [Read more...]

Farm Country Cheese House Recalls Raw Cheddar for Listeria

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Farm Country Cheese House of Michigan is recalling 1136 pounds of Raw Milk Cheddar cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product was packaged under two different labels. The first has the Farm Country Cheese House logo on the far left hand side, and the product name of Raw Milk Cheddar on top of the label. It is sold as an 8 ounce block. The product has "Use by Date" on the back of the cheese. Those dates are between October 28, 2015 and December 5, 2015. The label also has a Julian Date in the lower right hand corner: 14301, 14302, 14308, 14309, 14324, 14325, 14332, 14336, or 14339. The second label has … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Issues Final Report on Durand Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak

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A final report about the raw milk Campylobacter outbreak in Durand, Wisc. has been issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The 25-page report confirms that the September outbreak, which sickened 38 people and hospitalized 10 who attended a football team potluck dinner, was caused by contaminated raw milk. The report does not name the farm that provided the milk, referring to it throughout as Farm A, but the name of the farm was released by the state agriculture department in response to an open records request by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The owners of  the Arkansaw, Wisc. farm, Roland and Diana Reed, did not tell attendees at the football potluck that the milk they contributed was unpasteurized.  The Reeds sell their milk to a local cheese maker and are … [Read more...]

Despite Evidence, Farm Denies Link to Durand Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak

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Despite evidence, the farm identified as the source of a Campylobacter raw milk outbreak that sickened dozens of people who attended a football banquet in Durand, Wisconsin is denying responsibility. Health officials say the outbreak strain found in stool samples taken from those who became ill is a genetic match to the strain found in samples collected from a dairy farm operated by Roland and Diana Reed in Arkansaw, Wis. Still, Diana Reed says, it could have been the chicken. "We need to do a lot of fact-finding before we start pointing fingers," she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Any day now, the Wisconsin Department of Health is expected to release its final report on the outbreak, which sickened so many football players two football games had to be canceled. The report will … [Read more...]

Flat Creek Farm Cheese Recalled for Possible Salmonella

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Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, Georgia is recalling three lots of cheese for possible Salmonella contamination. This is the second time in a year cheese has been recalled from this farm. No illnesses have been reported to date. The farm has been producing raw milk cheeses, but those products have all been destroyed. Flat Creek records show that all purchasers have been notified and all but 1.5 pounds of the cheese has been recovered. Two of the batches of raw milk cheese with lot codes 140702XAZ and 140725XGO have been tested by a lab and were negative, but were voluntarily recalled and destroyed by Flat Creek. The farm is no longer producing raw milk cheese and has begun "gently pasteurizing" its artisanal cheeses. The recalled products are Aztec Cheddar with lot … [Read more...]

WI Names Farm Linked to Durand High School Campylobacter Outbreak

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Wisconsin health officials say the source of a Campylobacter raw milk outbreak that sickened 38 people in Durand Wis. earlier this fall is a farm operated by Roland and Diana Reed in Arkansaw, Wis. The name of the farm was released in response to an open records request by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  At least 38 people in Durand contracted Campylobacter infections from raw milk that the Reeds served at a banquet for the Durand High School football team. Eight people were hospitalized. Banquet attendees were not told the milk provided for the banquet was unpasteurized.  Dozens of the students who attended the banquet became sick. Two football games had to be canceled because so many players were seriously ill. Bri­anna Win­nekins, a man­ager of the foot­ball team, was … [Read more...]

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