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Raw Milk Dairy Outbreak Toll Rises to 78

The outbreak of campylobacteriosis caused by raw milk from a Pennsylvania farm has sickened at least 78 people, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported Thursday.

Two of the confirmed cases are from New Jersey — a 27-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy, health department officials said in a news release. The raw milk was purchased from the Your Family Cow dairy in Pennsylvania. The sale or distribution of raw milk is banned in New Jersey.

“It is important to note that this outbreak occurred despite the fact that Family Cow Dairy is licensed, inspected, and operating in compliance with Pennsylvania laws,” the health department noted.

Lab tests conducted in Maryland confirmed Campylobacter bacteria in two unopened containers of unpasteurized milk collected from homes of Your Family Cow customers. The widespread outbreak has sickened people in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey.

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  • Jen

    But, but.. raw milk advocates tout that the good bacteria in raw milk KILLS the bad bacteria! Wrong again.

  • ames

    Pathetic comments. Raw milk has been drunk since the beginning of time. It is good and wholesome. Out of Billions of people in this world who still drink it everyday, a handful of people get sick. Homogenization secretly makes more people sick EVERY DAY, and so does skim milk. There are NO guarantees that you will not get run over by a bus tomorrow. Stop putting your safety in the hands of the government and take responsibility for yourselves. Look to those who stood on their roof in Katrina and waited for the Gubment to save them.