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Whittier Farms Pasteurized Milk 2007

In November, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was notified of a fifth case of Listeria monocytogenes associated with consumption of milk from Whittier Farms. This prompted an investigation of the dairy associated with the farm. Listeria was found in the milk at patient five's home, in environmental samples from the dairy, and other milk samples taken from the dairy. While the dairy's equipment met current standards, the dairy did not have adequate monitoring. Contamination of product likely occurred after pasteurization.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2007
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Whittier Farms
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 5
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 3

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