2013-08-06


County Health Department Urges Residents to Discard Raw Milk

 

Raw Milk Sold Under “The Family Cow” Label Was Distributed Locally 

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is advising local residents to discard raw milk produced by “Your Family Farmer” in Chambersburg, Franklin County, and sold under the label “The Family Cow,” because of potential bacterial contamination.

 

The product is sold at seven locations in Allegheny County:  Eichner’s Family Farm in Wexford; East End Food Co-op in Point Breeze; and directly to consumers at five drop-off points throughout Allegheny County.  The drop-off points are in Ross, McKnight Road, parking lot beside Jo Ann Fabrics; Bethel Park, parking lot behind Tony’s Auto Center and South Hills Church of Nazarene; Swissvale, Getz Memorial Park; Green Tree, parking lot of Beth El Congregation; and at Pittsburgh Mills, Wal-Mart parking lot.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed two cases of Campylobacter infection in people who consumed the raw milk.  Based on a consumer complaint, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected raw milk from “Your Family Farmer” Dairy on July 29 and positive test results for Campylobacter were confirmed yesterday, August 5.

Most people who become ill from Campylobacter have diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever two to five days after exposure.  Illness typically lasts about one week. Most infected people will recover on their own, without medicine.  Young children, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions and immunocompromised persons are at risk for complications.  In some cases, treatment with fluids and/or antibiotics is needed.

People who consumed raw milk and have prolonged diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain should contact their health care provider for testing and possible treatment.

There have been no recently confirmed Campylobacter cases in Allegheny County thus far.  Earlier this May five people, including one of our County residents, consumed unpasteurized milk from Your Family Farmer and suffered illnesses confirmed to be related to Campylobacter.  The dairy has ceased production until further notice. 

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