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Third Campylobacter Outbreak from Family Cow Dairy Sickens 2

Customers of the Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg, Penn., are once again being warned that the milk may be contaminated with Campylobacter, a harmful bacteria commonly found in cow feces.

At least two people have fallen ill after drinking raw milk from the dairy, which has a history of foodborne illness outbreaks. Investigators from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected samples from the dairy on July 29, which have tested positive for Campylobacter.

The dairy has been asked to discontinue selling milk until further notice.

This is the third Campylobacter outbreak tied to raw milk from the Family Cow dairy in recent years. The first sickened at least 80 individuals between January and February 2012, while another five customers fell ill with infections in May 2013.

Symptoms of Campylobacter infection include diarrhea, nausea, fever and abdominal cramping, which last anywhere from 2 to 10 days.

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  • Karen

    This article fails to mention that an independent third party lab found no contamination during either incidence in 2013. I don’t know about the 2012 incidence. We drink milk from this farm and have had no issues. Third party labs have shown their milk to be much cleaner than pasturized milk. Read info on their website for the whole story.

    • Stan

      We have been driving from West Virginia for the past several years to purchase milk from this farm and have haad no issues whatsoever. The last two times they had reported campy bacteria I had gotten milk the day of and two days after the reported batch of campy infected milk and had no issues. I plan to continue driving the forty miles every other week to get our milk.