News for Immediate Release
April 18, 2014
Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard Raw Milk from
Snyder County Dairy
Harrisburg – Consumers who
purchased raw milk from Greenfield Dairy, 1450 Tittle Road, Middleburg, should discard it
immediately due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today said raw milk collected during
required routine sampling by a commercial laboratory on April 8 tested positive
for the bacteria.
Dairy owned by Paul Weaver, sells directly to consumers at an on-farm
retail store. The packaged raw milk is sold under the Greenfield Dairy label in
half gallon glass containers dated April 18, 21, 22 and 24. It is labeled as
officials have ordered the owner of the dairy to stop the sale of all raw milk
until further notice. Two samples taken at least 24 hours apart must test
negative before the farm can resume raw milk sales.
milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.
law allows farms to sell raw milk but requires the farms to be permitted and
inspected by the agriculture department to reduce health risks associated with
unpasteurized products. There are 175 farms in Pennsylvania permitted to sell
raw milk or raw milk cheese.
Symptoms of Listeriosis usually appear within 1-3 weeks, but can be as short as 3 days or as long as 70 days after consumption and
include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.
If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache,
stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur.
Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but
infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.
To date, the Pennsylvania Health Department is not aware of any
illnesses related to these products. Any person who consumed raw milk from
Greenfield Dairy and has symptoms should consult their physician, visit their
local state health center or call 877-PA HEALTH (724-3258).
more information about Listeriosis, visit www.health.state.pa.us.
Media contacts: Samantha Elliott Krepps, 717-787-5085
Senior, Department of Health, 717-787-1783