Consumers urged to discard Campylobacter-contaminated raw milk products sold in 12 counties

Due to contamination with Campylobacter, consumers should immediately discard raw milk sold from Apple Valley Creamery, under the Pure Pastures Dairy label, with sell-by dates of April 3, 2024, through today.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported one person who consumed this product and became ill with campylobacteriosis. Samples of the raw milk sold by Apple Valley Creamery were tested by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and these samples tested positive for Campylobacter.

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Milk can become contaminated with harmful bacteria, such as Campylobacter, if a cow has an udder infection, or from manure contamination during milking or storage. Pasteurization of milk effectively eliminates these health threats.

The Department of Agriculture wants to assure residents that the bacteria Campylobacter is unrelated to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Pennsylvania continues its rigorous monitoring program for avian influenza in poultry and has not detected the virus in any dairy cattle within the state.

The Apple Valley Creamery Pure Pastures Dairy milk was sold in quart and half gallon glass containers Southcentral, Central and Eastern counties.

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Berks County has two locations listed: The Deli Station, 845 Woodland Rd, Wyomissing. Goose Lane Egg Farm, 111 Goose Ln, Sinking Spring.

All sell-by dates of April 3, 2024, through today of raw milk labeled as Pure Pastures Dairy should be discarded.

People with Campylobacter infection usually have diarrhea (often bloody), fever, and stomach cramps. Nausea and vomiting may accompany the diarrhea. Symptoms usually start two to five days after infection and last about one week.
Anyone who consumed the raw milk should consult their physician if they become ill.

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