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PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold by Perry County Dairy

Saturday, September 8, 2007 General News J E 4
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HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 7 Consumers whopurchased raw milk from the Amos B. King dairy farm in Blain, Perry County,any time after Aug. 21, should discard it immediately due to the risk ofcampylobacterosis contamination, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff saidtoday.

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized.

"During routine inspection of the dairy, a preliminary test showed thepresence of campylobacter bacteria in some raw milk samples," said Wolff. "Ifconsumers have raw milk from this farm, they should discard it immediately."

There have been no illnesses reported as a result of the potentialcontamination but if people who consumed the raw milk become ill, they shouldconsult their physicians.

The Department of Agriculture has suspended sales of raw milk at the dairyand is ensuring that corrective action is taken. Samples were taken from thefarm during routine testing on Sept. 4, and tested positive for campylobacteron Sept. 7.

Multiple laboratory samples must test negative before sales can resume.

Symptoms of campylobacterosis include fever, abdominal pain andgastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea and can appear in one toseven days.CONTACT: Chris L. Ryder (717) 787-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
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