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Healthy Food Blog: Raw Milk Recall in PA, Benefits of Raw Milk

In a nutshell: Piney Ridge and Elaine Duncan’s farms’ raw milk tested for food poisoning.

What are the benefits of raw milk? People who are allergic to pasteurized milk are not allergic to raw milk. Raw milk is free of antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones as  commercial dairy cows are raised on grains, not grass, like they were designed to. This will change the composition of the fats in the milk, especially the CLA content.
Harrisburg, PA–April 7, 2008–Consumers who purchased raw milk from Piney Ridge dairy farm in New Bethlehem, Clarion County, and Clark and Elaine Duncan’s farm in Meadville, Crawford County, anytime after March 10 should discard it immediately due to the risk of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination.

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Pennsylvania farms selling raw milk must be permitted and inspected to reduce health risks associated with the unpasteurized products.

In 2007, a previous case of Listeria Monocytogenes was found at Piney Ridge dairy.

During routine testing, samples taken at the dairies tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes. If consumers have raw milk from these farms, they should discard it immediately.

No illnesses have been reported as a result of the potential contamination, but if people who consumed the raw milk become ill, they should consult their doctor.

The Department of Agriculture has suspended sales of raw milk at the dairies and is requiring corrective action be taken. Samples were taken from the farms on March 31; they tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes on April 4.

Multiple laboratory samples must test negative before sales can resume.

Symptoms of Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur.

Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.

Symptoms of Listeriosis can appear in four days to three weeks.

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