Officials with the Utah Department of Health are investigating nine cases of Salmonella infection in people who reported drinking raw milk from a family-run dairy in Midland, UT. Those sickened were from at least three counties along the Wasatch Front, a department spokeswoman said. Two of the nine were hospitalized but have recovered. Illness onset dates were March 20 to Aug. 14, and those who became ill range in age from 15 to 78 years. A raw milk sample collected at Heber Valley Milk by a Utah Department of Agriculture and Food inspector tested positive for Salmonella Saintpaul on Aug. 23, the health department stated. However, the most recent tests showed no signs of Salmonella and the dairy has been allowed to resume sales. Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Milk, said he is working with state officials to try to figure out what happened. “We don’t know what the cause was and we’re not 100 percent sure that it’s our place,” he said. “We will do whatever we need to do to make sure we’re selling a safe product.”
- Only buy raw milk from stores or dairies permitted by law to sell it. However, a government permit does not guarantee that raw milk will be free from disease-causing bacteria.
- Keep raw milk and raw milk products refrigerated at or below 40 degrees F.
- Transport milk from the store to your home in a cooler with ice packs.
- Do not let raw milk sit out at room temperature.
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