Locally Sold Raw Milk May Be Tainted

Source of Article:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29244189/

                                                                  

WGAL-TV

updated 5:47 a.m. PT, Wed., Feb. 18, 2009

LYKENS, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers who recently purchased raw milk from the Swiss Villa Dairy Farm in Lykens, Dauphin County, that it may be tainted.

Anyone who purchased raw milk from the dairy any time after Feb. 9 should throw it away. The milk could be contaminated by listeria.

"During routine testing, samples taken at the dairy tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes," Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff stated in a news release. "If consumers have raw milk from this farm, they should discard it immediately as a precaution."

Until multiple laboratory samples test negative, the Department of Agriculture recommends against drinking unpasteurized milk from the farm.

Officials said so far no illnesses have been reported. If you have consumed some of the milk and become ill, you are advised to consult a doctor.

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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