Update on Contaminated Milk That Could Lead to Fatal Infection
Officials released an update on milk which was sold in the Hudson Valley and could lead to a fatal infection.
In late January, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets warned consumers to not drink unpasteurized raw milk from Shunpike Dairy in Millbrook due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
A sample of the milk collected by an inspector from Shunpike Dairy was discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, officials say.
Shunpike Dairy was prohibited from selling milk until future samples were free of the harmful bacteria.
On Friday, the Millbrook farm announced samples were free of Listeria monocytogenes.
"'GOT MILK?' YES! We do! We received word that our test came back negative and we have a temporary pass to resume milk sales. Weekly tests will continue for the next few weeks but we have the milk tank full and ready to serve our customers again! Thank you for your continued support, kind words, and prayers! We truly appreciate it," Shunpike Dairy wrote on Facebook.
Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, which can be a serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, cancer patients, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, officials say.
According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
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