Minnesota Links More Illnesses to Raw MilkFood Safety News
by Mary Rothschild | Oct 29, 2010
Minnesota state health officials said Thursday that seven more illnesses have been linked to raw dairy products from the Hartmann dairy farm.
Hartmann's farm was implicated as the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in May and June. After that earlier outbreak, the state's Department of Agriculture (MDA) ordered Hartmann to stop selling milk until he addressed the unsanitary conditions on his farm.
MDA also told Hartmann to comply with the state law that allows for the sale of unpasteurized milk only on the farm at which the milk was produced. Agriculture officials said it is not clear how the seven new ill people acquired the unpasteurized milk.
Epidemiologists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said the latest illnesses include three people infected with Campylobacter jejuni, and four people infected with Cryptosporidium parvum.
After their illnesses were reported by health care providers, the ill people told health department investigators that they had consumed raw milk. Those who named a source said the milk came from the Hartmann farm, the MDH reported.
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