Unpasteurized, aka “raw,” milk is illegal to sell in a number of states because of concerns about possible pathogen contamination. Of course, those bans also tend to make raw milk a sought-after delicacy for those who believe that pasteurization has a negative effect on the taste and nutritional value of milk. But in the last few weeks, at least 35 people in four states have become ill after consuming the unpasteurized stuff.
Health officials in Pennsylvania say that the 28 known cases of campylobacter bacterial infection in that state — along with four in Maryland, two in West Virginia, and one in New Jersey — all appear to be linked to milk purchased from one farm in Chambersburg, PA, sometime after January 1.
That farm, one of 153 in PA licensed to sell unpasteurized milk, has voluntarily stopped production of raw milk. It also had its latest batch tested by an independent lab and claims that the test came back pathogen-free.
35 cases of illness tied to Pa. farm’s raw milk [Philly.com]
20 Campylobacter Cases Now Linked to Raw Milk Dairy [Food Safety News]