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State officials warn against raw milk after one person fell ill with campylobacter



State officials warn against raw milk after one person fell ill with campylobacter

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Health is warning consumers that raw milk sold under the Pure Pastures Dairy label may be contaminated.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture tested samples of the raw milk sold by Apple Valley Creamery, which tested positive for Campylobacter. The Ministry of Health reports that one person who drank the milk became ill with campylobacteriosis.

The departments recommend that consumers immediately throw away raw milk with an expiration date of April 3 through May 3.

Officials said milk can become contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Campylobacter if a cow develops an udder infection or manure contamination during milking or stables. Pasteurization of milk effectively eliminates these health threats.

The Ministry of Agriculture says the bacterium Campylobacter is not linked to highly pathogenic bird flu (HPAI). Pennsylvania continues its monitoring program for bird flu in poultry and has not found the virus in any dairy cattle.

The Apple Valley Creamery Pure Pastures Dairy milk was sold in one-gallon and half-gallon glass containers at the following locations:

Adams province:

  • Apple Valley Creamery, 541 Germany Rd, East Berlin
  • Butcher Block Premium Meat and Seafood, 3055 Biglerville Rd, Biglerville
  • D&S Produce, 888 Bushey School Road, York Springs
  • Ethereal Compounds Crystal Shop & Health Food Store, 1863 Gettysburg Village Dr, Suite 830, Gettysburg
  • Gateau Monique, 5 S Queen St, Littlestown
  • Good Keeper Farm, 250 Old State Rd, Gardners
  • Harvest Barn Country Market, 1924 York Rd, Gettysburg
  • Homegrown Marketplace, Fairfield
  • Taylor’s Greenhouse, 265 Fairgrounds Road, Biglerville

Berks County:

  • The Deli Station, 845 Woodland Rd, Wyomissing
  • Goose Lane Egg Farm, 111 Goose Ln, sinking spring

Chester County:

  • September Farm, 5287 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

Columbia County:

  • Millville Farm Market & Creamery, 650 N State St, Millville

Cumberland County:

  • Basehore Farm Market, 6080 Creekview Rd, Mechanicsburg
  • Oak Grove Farms, 846 Fisher Road, Mechanicsburg
  • Rowan Tree Farm, 126 S Locust Point Rd, Mechanicsburg
  • Wenger Meats & Ice, 511 E Louther St, Carlisle
  • Union Mill Acres @ West Shore Farmer’s Market, 900 Market St, Lemoyne

Dauphin Province:

  • Radish & Rye Food Hub, 1308 N 3rd St, Harrisburg
  • Strites’ Orchard Farm Market & Bakery, 1000 Strites Rd, Harrisburg

Perry County:

  • Butcher’s Farm Market, 590 N 4th St, Newport
  • Daimler’s Butcher’s Shop, 633 Numer Rd, Nieuwpoort

Lancaster County:

  • Lemon Street Market, 241 W Lemon St, Lancaster

Lehigh county:

  • Cow Belle Home Delivery, Bethlehem

Northampton County:

  • Easton Public Market and Highmark Farmstand, 325 Northampton St, Easton
  • Johnsonville Farm & Garden, 154 Johnsonville Rd, Bangor

Union County:

  • Lewisburg Pharmacy, 50 N Second St, Lewisburg

Province of York:

  • Eden Garden Farm Market & Orchard, 810 Franklin Church Rd, Dillsburg
  • Mad Radish Farm, 1991 George St, Dover
  • Main Street Market, 12 Main St, Glen Rock
  • The Hanover Markets, 1649 Broadway, Hanover
  • Trailside Bulk Foods @ Markets of Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trl, Glen Rock
  • Miller’s Country Market, 1140 Abbotstown Pike, Hanover
  • Rowan Tree Farm @ Central Market York, 34 W Philadelphia St, York
  • Sonnewald Natural Foods, 4796 Lehman Rd, Spring Grove
  • Warrington Farm Meats, 156 Old Cabin Hollow Road, Dillsburg
  • Wholly Holistic, 1150 Carlisle St, Ste 8, Hanover

About Campylobacter infections
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outbreaks have been linked to unpasteurized dairy products, contaminated water, poultry and agricultural products. People can also become infected through contact with dog or cat feces. Spread of Campylobacter from person to person is uncommon.

Many people recover within a week, but a Campylobacter infection can have long-term consequences such as arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

Azithromycin and fluoroquinolones, such as ciprofloxacin, are commonly used for treatment, but resistance to fluoroquinolones is common.

Symptoms of a Campylobacter infection usually begin two to five days after exposure and are characterized by diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. More serious illnesses may occur, including bloodstream infections and symptoms similar to acute appendicitis or ulcerative colitis.

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