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The Family Cow Dairy Raw, Unpasteurized Milk 2012

On January 27, an investigation into an outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni was first revealed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The outbreak was associated with the consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from The Family Cow dairy store in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. As of February 24, the confirmed cases included 70 people in Pennsylvania, five in Maryland, three in West Virginia, and two in New Jersey. Consumers were recommended to discard any dairy product purchased from this farm since January 1, 2012. Campylobacter jejuni was isolated from at least two unopened samples of milk. The Family Cow dairy sold directly to consumers at its on-farm retail store and at multiple drop-off locations and retail stores in Pennsylvania.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Milk, unpasteurized, raw milk
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • DBRS16.0063
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • The Family Cow
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 80
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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