Pennsylvania Agriculture and Health Departments Warn Consumers to Discard Milk Purchased from Beaver County Dairy
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The state departments of Agriculture and Health today advised consumers and retailers who purchased milk from Brunton Dairy in Aliquippa, Beaver County, to immediately discard all milk with a sell-by date of Oct. 25 or later.
As part of ongoing oversight testing of the dairy, the Department of Agriculture confirmed a positive test result for Yersinia bacteria from pasteurized, homogenized fat-free milk in a gallon glass bottle with a date code (sell-by date) of Oct. 25.
Milk production has been suspended at the facility until additional testing is completed.
Yersinia enterocolitica causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and it can sometimes enter the bloodstream and affect other organs. Onset of illness usually occurs four to six days after exposure, but can be as short as one day or as long as two weeks. This infection can be severe, and illness can mimic appendicitis and sometimes lead to unnecessary surgery.
Any person who consumed a product from Brunton Dairy and has symptoms of diarrhea or abdominal pain should contact their healthcare provider to assure appropriate specimens are collected and treatment is given.
Samantha Elliott Krepps, Dept. of Agriculture; 717-787-5085
Christine Cronkright, Dept. of Health; 717-787-1783
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture