Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hendricks Farm and Dairy Back In the Raw Milk Business

We reported one week ago that Pennsylvania had suspended the raw milk sales permit of Hendricks Farm and Dairy (Telford, PA) following an outbreak of Campylobacter gastroenteritis in the state. Raw milk produced by the dairy was recalled after it was linked to the outbreak.

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture reinstated Hendricks' raw milk permit after the farm passed an inspection and a series of samples taken over several days tested negative for Campylobacter. The Department will continue to test raw milk samples from the Dairy during the next three weeks as a precaution.

This small outbreak was another reminder that consuming raw milk – or dairy products made from unpasteurized milk – carries with it a microbiological risk. Under no circumstances should raw milk be consumed by individuals with compromised immune systems, by young children, or by pregnant women. 

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