Thirty-five people in four states have fallen ill after drinking raw milk bought from the Family Cow farm in Chambersburg.
Responding to the Pennsylvania raw milk scare, health officials have told customers to throw out milk bought from the farm on or after January 1, reports the Associated Press. Officials are still waiting for final test results of milk samples from the farm, but the farm has already voluntarily suspended raw milk production.
Individuals sickened by the raw milk include 28 people in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, two in West Virginia, and one in New Jersey, reports the AP. All of them suffered from campylobacter bacterial infection, the second most common cause of foodborne illness according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Symptoms of the bacterial infection can include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea (often bloody). The illness tends to last about a week and can sometimes be fatal especially in young children and elderly individuals.
The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned that consuming raw or unpasteurized milk can contain harmful bacteria. However, the popularity of unpasteurized milk has been growing as customers have been moving away from traditional dairy products out of concern about hormones.
A Pennsylvania raw milk scare was reported last week. Affected individuals already span four states. If you've suffered illness as a result of consuming unpasteurized milk from the farm, you should consider talking to a Pennsylvania product liability attorney. An attorney can help you determine what your legal remedies are in your case.
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