family cow outbreak.pngThe Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reporting multiple Campylobacter infection cases associated with consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from the Family Cow dairy store in Chambersburg, PA. DHMH, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, advises consumers that milk recently purchased from this store may contain harmful bacteria.

To date, there are six confirmed campylobacteriosis cases: three in Maryland and three in Pennsylvania, all of whom consumed raw milk from this farm. Maryland DHMH recommends consumers discard any product purchased from this farm since January 1, 2012.

The implicated milk is labeled “raw milk” (meaning, not pasteurized) and is sold under “The Family Cow” label in plastic gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. The Family Cow dairy sells directly to consumers at its on-farm retail store and at multiple drop-off locations and retail stores in the following Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties.

  • truthlives

    I want to post an update on The Family Cow. They have had their milk tested for Campylobacter by independent laboratories and it has come back 100% negative! Despite a rush by the press to publish it as an outbreak, milk from an original sealed container had not been tested until Monday (01/30) morning. At that point they received confirmation back that the milk was clear of any Campylobacter bacteria.

  • Brian

    This is what the big farms do! They say it is “attributed” or “associated” with raw milk. Then, they never do a retraction to say that the milk was cleared. It is in the handling which can happen with any product. Especially cantaloupe.