Campylobacter jejuni Outbreak – Pennsylvania Raw Milk

In yet another foodborne illness outbreak associated with raw milk consumption, a Pennsylvania dairy has been implicated in a Campylobacteriosis outbreak.  As of February 3rd, 38 cases had been confirmed, with nearly half of those affected being under the age of 18.  Additional details are available in the following article in Food Safety Newshttp://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/02/case-count-rises-in-pennsylvania-raw-milk-outbreak/

Food Safety News also has a useful review on milk safety titled “Comparing the Food Safety Record of Pasteurized and Raw Milk Products.”  Although the data tables at the end of the article are slightly out of date, they do conclusively demonstrate the large number of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with raw milk consumption.

Update February 13, 2012:
As of Monday, February 13, there are now 65 cases associated with this outbreak.  The latest breakdown of illnesses by state are: Pennsylvania (56); Maryland (4), West Virginia (3) and New Jersey (2).

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About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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