At least five people who drank raw milk purchased from The Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg, Penn. have fallen ill with Campylobacter infection, according to the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health. Based on reports of illness, state agriculture officials collected samples from the dairy on May 17 to test for Campylobacter. Those samples were confirmed positive on Tuesday. Officials have asked the farm to stop selling milk until further notice. The dairy sells directly to customers from the farm, as well as from retail stores around Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The milk is sold in plastic gallon, half-gallon, quart and pint containers labeled “raw milk.” Milk from The Family Cow dairy, sometimes called Your Family Cow, made headlines for another Campylobacter outbreak in early 2012. Milk from the dairy was found to have sickened at least 80 people, making it the largest raw milk outbreak in Pennsylvania history. Those who drank milk from the dairy on then experienced symptoms of Campylobacter infection such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps are encouraged to seek medical attention and contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For more information about raw milk, see Real Raw Milk Facts.

  • Joanne

    I don’t understand why you do not do follow-ups on things like this. The Family Cow not only has their own lab, but has been given a clean bill of health … and indications are that there never was a problem. I think it is irresponsible of you to leave the public “hanging” without telling the whole story!

  • cathysizer

    Yes, it would also be helpful to know how many CFUs per ml were present in the samples taken.