Two Die From Listeria Infections, Tainted Milk Suspected

Massachusetts may have located the source of a a bacterial illness that killed two elderly men and made two other people sick, says the Boston Globe.

State health authorities tonight urged consumers not to drink milk produced by Whittier Farms in Shrewsbury after an investigation showed it is the likely source of a bacterial illness that killed two elderly men and made two other people sick.

The dairy company agreed to stop production and to alert its customers, who are mainly in the central part of the state. The four people who fell ill with listeriosis all live in Worcester County.

Brand names produced by the company include Whittier, Schultz, Balance Rock, Spring Brook, and Maple, according to state authorities.

Listeriosis will make you feel very ill, but is really only life-threatening to people who have underlying health problems.

State issues warning about possibly contaminated milk [Boston Globe]