July 15, 2024

Family Cow Raw Milk Outbreak Sickens 51

A total of 51 people in four states have been sickened by raw milk tainted with Campylobacter produced by The Family Cow Farm in Chambersburg, Pa., according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Lab tests have confirmed that the strain of Campylobacter jejuni found in unopened samples of Family Cow raw milk matches the outbreak strain. The onset dates for illness now range from January 17 to January 30. The confirmed case count by state is as follows:

42 in PA

4 in MD

2 in NJ

3 in WV

In Pennsylvania, the outbreak has now spread through 11 counties. Confirmed cases by Pa. county are as follows: Adams (1), Allegheny (1), Bucks (3), Chester ( 2), Cumberland (3), Dauphin (1),  Delaware (4), Franklin (18), Lancaster (5),  Wyoming (1), York (3).

On Monday, the dairy resumed production after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture released this statement: The Family Cow has passed  a final inspection by the department of agriculture. They can resume production and bottling of raw milk. An inspection by the department will be conducted late today, February 6, 2012.

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