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Health officials in Maryland announced Friday that a dairy marketing raw milk under the Family Cow brand has been blamed for 6 cases of Campylobacter infection in recent days. In a statement released through the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, it was revealed that the dairy is not actually located in Maryland, where the sale of raw milk to the public is against the law. The dairy is actually based in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
So far 6 cases of Campylobacter have been linked to the milk with 3 of them occurring in Maryland residents and the remaining 3 occurring in people living in Pennsylvania. All victims of the Campylobacter infections reported drinking Family Cow brand milk. The press release does not give any information about the seriousness of the apparent infections or identify the exact strain of Campylobacter found.
Family Cow reportedly sells raw milk at its own on-site store and at several "drop-off" locales around the state. It's unclear from the press release exactly how the Maryland folks got their milk.
Family Cow dairy's milk is sold in containers in gallon, half-gallon, quart and pint sizes. Health officials are urging anyone who has any Family Cow product purchased this month to discard it immediately. (The agency did not provide photos of Family Cow's raw milk containers for us to share with you.)
Family Cow's website, www.yourfamilycow.com, does not carry any notice of the recent Campylobacter issue that I could find this afternoon. Also, the company does not seem to have a Twitter presence but its Facebook page does not appear to have been updated since early in January and, like it's websites, is also silent on the multi-state investigation.