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The Dangers of Raw Milk: Allegheny Man Paralyzed

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Raw milk could be dangerous.

At least that's what some Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys are saying in a lawsuit against Pasture Maid Dairy.

But before we get into the legalese here, perhaps we need to define what we mean by "raw milk." After all, isn't all milk "raw"?

Raw milk refers to unpasteurized milk. It has a creamier taste to it and may sometimes be the milk of preference for health foodies.

It might not be as "healthy" as one would imagine. It can carry some grave illnesses and repercussions.

The New Castle Company is being sued by a couple that reportedly fell ill after drinking raw milk. The couple, James Orchard and Maureen Orchard of Mars, Pa., suffered symptoms related to a bacteria found in raw milk produced by Pasture Maid Creamery LLC. The milk was subsequently put to the test by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The lawsuit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, Pa. The milk was purchased on March 16 at the McGinnis Sisters Special Foods store in Mars, Pa.

Although both spouses suffered as a result of ingesting the milk, James Orchard experienced a loss of sensation and movement that is characteristic of Guillan-Barre syndrome.

James Orchard is still almost completely paralyzed and has been placed on ventilation equipment at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Currently, Pasture Maid Creamery has been urged to stop selling the milk. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has suspended Pasture Maid's permit to sell raw milk for human consumption.

If you or anyone you know has fallen ill after drinking raw milk, contact a Pa personal injury lawyer.

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