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Raw Milk and Cheese Recalled from Pennsylvania Dairy

The Pennsylvania State Departments of Agriculture and Health on Monday announced the recall of raw milk and raw milk cheese from Jersey Hollow Farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania after an independent lab confirmed products from the dairy tested positive for Salmonella.

The recall affects unpasteurized milk sold in plastic bottles and cheese made from unpasteurized milk dated March 25, 2012.

State authorities have suspended raw milk and raw milk cheese sales at the dairy until they complete additional testing. Samples will need to be free of any pathogens before sales may resume, and the dairy will have to pass a state inspection.

Thus far, no illnesses linked to the recall have been reported, a state health department spokesperson confirmed to Food Safety News.

The state agriculture department is urging anyone feeling ill who consumed Jersey Hollow Farm products to consult with a healthcare professional.

Jersey Hollow had a similar recall in August 2010, when raw milk samples dated July 19, 2010 tested positive for Salmonella. The farm’s sales were halted until samples tested negative for pathogens and they passed a health inspection.

In mid-January of this year, Your Family Cow, another raw milk dairy in Pennsylvania, was linked to a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened 80 people and hospitalized nine. The farm’s sales were temporarily suspended, but the dairy resumed production on February 6 after passing a health inspection.

Raw milk sales are legal in Pennsylvania.

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  • Rich Gruber

    Come on folks, raw milk…really! This is why pasteurization is necessary! I like milk as much as anyone, but to drink it raw is a bit much.