Pennsylvania Exemplifies How Department of Agriculture Can Work with Farms to Ensure Raw Milk Safety

A Franklin county, PA dairy producer has been given the OK to resume selling raw milk, following a state inspection of the farm after two of its customers came down with Campylobacter, a mild gastrointestinal illness that usually clears up without medical care.

The state ordered The Family Cow to cease the sales of raw milk on August 5, and the farm’s owner quickly sent out an email to his customers that he was working with the state and several experts to identify and correct the source of the problem. The farm ended up removing one cow from the herd and using a pipeline sanitizer that protects against Campylobacter. Following these corrections and additional tests of the raw milk and the premises by an independent expert, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture determined that the farm was clear to resume its sales of raw milk. Continue reading