Family Cow milk tests positive for harmful bacteria

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Consumers were advised to dispose of the milk. Credit: KThread/flickr

The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health on Monday warned consumers to throw out raw milk produced by The Family Cow farm in Franklin County due to potential bacterial contamination.

Laboratory tests completed by the department indicated the raw milk may contain Campylobacter bacteria, which affects the intestinal track and causes diarrhea and vomiting.

Nearly 1,300 confirmed cases of Campylobacter are reported each year in Pennsylvania, with the illness’s onset occurring two to five days after ingestion of the bacteria.

Following a consumer complaint, the Department of Agriculture on June 29 collected samples of Family Cow raw milk; the positive result for Campylobacter was confirmed Monday.

The department further confirmed two cases of Campylobacter infections in people who drank raw milk from the Chambersburg farm, located at 3854 Olde Scotland Rd.

Agriculture officials ordered the farm owners to stop all raw milk sales until further notice.

The raw milk sold under The Family Cow label is packaged in plastic gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.

It is available directly to consumers in a retail store on the farm, as well as through drop-off locations and retail stores in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas.


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