Raw milk sold in 12 Pa. counties recalled over contamination fears

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By Patrick Berkery

May 3, 2024

The state Department of Agriculture recommends that consumers in parts of Central Pa. and the Lehigh Valley immediately throw out Pure Pastures Dairy raw milk with sell-by dates of April 3 through May 3.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents that raw milk sold under the Pure Pastures Dairy label may be contaminated.

The Department of Agriculture said that samples of raw milk sold by Apple Valley Creamery tested positive for Campylobacter. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports that one person who drank the milk became sick with campylobacteriosis.

The departments recommend that consumers immediately throw out Pure Pastures Dairy raw milk with sell-by dates of April 3 through May 3.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who contract Campylobacter usually have bloody diarrhea, fever, nausea, and stomach cramps. Symptoms usually start two to five days after infection and last about one week. Anyone who consumed the raw milk is recommended to consult their physician if they become ill.

The Apple Valley Creamery Pure Pastures Dairy milk was sold in quart and half gallon glass containers at the following locations:

Adams County:

  • Apple Valley Creamery, 541 Germany Rd., East Berlin
  • Butcher Block Premium Meats & Seafood, 3055 Biglerville Rd., Biglerville
  • D&S Produce, 888 Bushey School Rd., York Springs
  • Etheric Connections Crystal Shop & Natural Food Store, 1863 Gettysburg Village Dr., Suite 830, Gettysburg
  • Gateau Monique, 5 S Queen St., Littlestown
  • Good Keeper Farm, 250 Old State Rd., Gardners
  • Harvest Barn Country Market, 1924 York Rd., Gettysburg
  • Homegrown Marketplace, Fairfield
  • Taylor’s Greenhouse, 265 Fairgrounds Rd., Biglerville

Berks County:

  • The Deli Station, 845 Woodland Rd., Wyomissing
  • Goose Lane Egg Farm, 111 Goose Ln., Sinking Spring

Chester County:

  • September Farm, 5287 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

Columbia County:

  • Millville Farm Market & Creamery, 650 N. State St., Millville

Cumberland County:

  • Basehore Farm Market, 6080 Creekview Rd., Mechanicsburg
  • Oak Grove Farms, 846 Fisher Rd., Mechanicsburg
  • Rowan Tree Farm, 126 S Locust Point Rd., Mechanicsburg
  • Wenger Meats & Ice, 511 E Louther St., Carlisle
  • Union Mill Acres @ West Shore Farmer’s Market, 900 Market St., Lemoyne

Dauphin County:

  • Radish & Rye Food Hub, 1308 N 3rd St., Harrisburg
  • Strites’ Orchard Farm Market & Bakery, 1000 Strites Rd., Harrisburg

Perry County:

  • Butcher’s Farm Market, 590 N 4th St., Newport
  • Deimler’s Butcher Shop, 633 Numer Rd., Newport

Lancaster County:

  • Lemon Street Market, 241 W Lemon St., Lancaster

Lehigh County:

  • Cow Belle Home Delivery, Bethlehem

Northampton County:

  • Easton Public Market & Highmark Farmstand, 325 Northampton St., Easton
  • Johnsonville Farm & Garden, 154 Johnsonville Rd., Bangor

Union County:

  • Lewisburg Pharmacy, 50 N Second St., Lewisburg

York County:

  • Eden Garden Farm Market & Orchard, 810 Franklin Church Rd., Dillsburg
  • Mad Radish Farm, 1991 George St., Dover
  • Main Street Market, 12 Main St., Glen Rock
  • The Markets at Hanover, 1649 Broadway, Hanover
  • Trailside Bulk Foods @ Markets of Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trl., Glen Rock
  • Miller’s Country Market, 1140 Abbottstown Pike, Hanover
  • Rowan Tree Farm @ Central Market York, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York
  • Sonnewald Natural Foods, 4796 Lehman Rd., Spring Grove
  • Warrington Farm Meats, 156 Old Cabin Hollow Rd., Dillsburg
  • Wholly Holistic, 1150 Carlisle St., Ste. 8, Hanover

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, officials said. Pasteurization of milk effectively eliminates these health threats.

The Department of Agriculture says the bacteria Campylobacter is unrelated to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Pennsylvania continues its monitoring program for bird flu in poultry and has not detected the virus in any dairy cattle within the state.

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