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Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 2:10 pm | Updated: 5:25 pm, Mon Aug 9, 2010.

The Pensylvania Department of Agriculture has advised consumers who purchased raw milk from Jersey Hollow Farm near Kutztown to throw it out immediately because of potential bacterial contamination.

But the dairy owner, Norman Sauder, doesn't believe his milk is contaminated.

He said his own test from the same batch showed no bacteria.

A second test he arranged with a certified tester also came back negative, said Sauder, who milks 35 cows.

"They want to scare the public that raw milk is bad," he said of state inspectors.

Selling raw milk directly to the public cuts out milk-processing middlemen, who have close ties to department officials, he said.

Sauder said he is paid $1.20 a gallon for his milk and that he has to pay to truck it to the processing plant.

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.

According to a news release, the department lab found salmonella in a milk sample taken from the dairy July 19. The bacteria's presence violates the Milk Sanitation Law.

The Sauders have agreed with the department's request to stop selling raw milk for human consumption.

Symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache and abdominal cramps. The symptoms can appear anywhere between six hours and four days after infection.

The department is moving to suspend Jersey Hollow Farm's raw milk permit until additional milk samples are tested and found to be free of salmonella and other pathogens.

The farm also must pass a state inspection before raw milk sales can resume.

For more information about milk safety, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us.

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2 comments:

  • IrisValley posted at 5:38 pm on Tue, Aug 10, 2010.

    IrisValley Posts: 1

    I suppose the Salmonella test could be a conspiracy against the farm, but seems highly unlikely. Be careful about ignoring positive Salmonella tests, or "shopping around" until you find a lab with a negative test. In 2009, this behavior by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) resulted in 9 deaths from Salmonella:

    Peanut plant knew product was tainted with salmonella [but the company sold it anyway]
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/28/salmonella.outbreak/index.html

     
  • johnny posted at 3:01 pm on Mon, Aug 9, 2010.

    johnny Posts: 1

    i my self us mr sauders milk and his dairy is a very clean operation this is a very good example of abuse of authority this is the second time state inspectors have tryed to give him a false rap but lucky for him he always caught them in ther act of decetfulness of running false tests that had this salmonella in it and this mr sauder is not the only one they did this to there are very numerous farmers across the state of pa that they have tryed to do this same thing to this is very disgusting when people who are supposed to be for the peoples helth and safety get corrupt PS I CURRENTLY AM DRINKING THIS SUPPOSEDLY SALMONELLA MILK AND IT IS VERY GOOD AND I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS

     

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