Thursday, November 26, 2015

Salmonella possible from Tompkins County raw milk

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a consumer warning not to consume raw milk or products made with milk from the Jerry Dell Farm located in Freeville, Tompkins County, near Cortland.

While no illnesses associated with the product have yet been reported, a routine sample of the milk tested by the department was discovered to be contaminated with Salmonella, the department stated. This is the second time in four years problems have been found at the farm.

Jerry Dell Farm holds a state permit, which allows the business to sell raw milk at the farm. Sampling is performed quarterly under the department’s routine surveillance program. Such producers cannot resume sales of raw milk until a subsequent sample is shown to be free of pathogens.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea which may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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