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Pennsylvania Raw Dairy Recalls Campylobacter Milk

According the Pennsylvania State Agriculture and Health Department, raw milk consumers are being urged to discard raw milk produced by The Family Cow in Chambersburg, Franklin County, because of potential Campylobacter bacterial contamination.

After the Department of Agriculture received a consumer complaint, it collected samples of raw milk during an investigation of The Family Cow on July 29, 2013. Positive test results for Campylobacter were confirmed today. Additionally, the Department of Health confirmed two cases of Campylobacter infection in people who consumed raw milk from the farm at 3854 Olde Scotland Road.

The packaged raw milk is sold under The Family Cow label in plastic gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. It is labeled as “raw milk.” Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.

The Family Cow, owned and operated by Edwin Shank, sells directly to consumers in an on-farm retail store and at drop off locations and retail stores around Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, as well as south-central Pennsylvania.

Agriculture officials have ordered the owners of the farm to stop the sale of all raw milk until further notice.

Sound familiar?

May 29, 2013

The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health today advised consumers to discard raw milk produced by The Family Cow in Chambersburg, Franklin County, because of potential bacterial contamination. Agriculture and Health Department laboratory tests and several recent illnesses indicate the raw milk may contain Campylobacter bacteria.

February 25, 2012

The number of people who became sick with an intestinal infection after drinking raw milk from a Franklin County farm continues to rise. As of today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said 78 cases of Campylobacter bacteria are connected to unpasteurized milk sold in mid-January by The Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg. Of the cases, 68 people were sickened in Pennsylvania, five in Maryland, two in New Jersey and three in West Virginia. At least nine people were hospitalized.

For information on the risks of raw milk, please see Real Raw Milk Facts.