State Health Secretary Everette
James today advised consumers who purchased raw milk from Dean Farms in New Castle, Lawrence
business as Pasture Maid Creamery, LLC, to
immediately discard the raw milk due to potential bacterial contamination.
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.
sells directly to consumers who provide their own bottles. The business is
not related to Dean's Dairy in Sharpsville, Mercer County,
which produces pasteurized milk for supermarkets.
individuals who consumed raw milk purchased from Dean Farms were found to
have gastrointestinal illness due to Campylobacter, a bacterial infection.
Since January 23, a total of six confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection
have been reported among raw milk drinkers in four unrelated households in
The investigation is ongoing.
Department of Health today recommended the owner stop selling raw milk for
human consumption, and the owner has agreed to stop selling at this time.
In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, the dairy is providing
raw milk samples to be tested for bacterial pathogens.
action to ensure the safety of the public will depend upon the results of
pending laboratory tests and the joint investigation by the Health and
shelf-life for raw milk is about 14 days but can be longer if the milk is frozen.
Freezing of the milk will not kill the Campylobacter bacteria.
who drank raw milk or ate other raw milk products made at home with raw
milk purchased from Dean Farms of New
Castle and Pasture Maid Creamery who become ill
are advised to consult with their physician. If no illness occurred, it is
not necessary to seek medical attention.
is a bacterial infection that affects the intestinal tract and can
sometimes affect the bloodstream and other organs. It is one of the most common
causes of gastroenteritis, which can include diarrhea and vomiting.
Approximately 1,300 confirmed cases of Campylobacter are reported each year
illness usually occurs in two to five days after swallowing the bacteria.
Patients often do not require specific medical treatment unless they become
severely dehydrated or the infection spreads from the intestines.
information about Campylobacter, visit the Department of Health at www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
Chris Ryder, Agriculture
Department of Health