Raw milk farm suspends production after illnesses

    Health officials say six people in Pennsylvania and Maryland who consumed raw milk from the same farm have been stricken with illnesses that suggest the product may contain harmful bacteria.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health said Monday it was awaiting the results of tests on raw milk samples from the Family Cow store in Chambersburg.
    The agency says the farm has voluntarily suspended production and recommends buyers discard any product purchased after Jan. 1. A message left at the farm wasn’t immediately returned Monday, although the farm says on its website that its raw milk is third-party tested.

    Raw milk hasn’t been pasteurized.

    The farm says it sells raw milk at its farm store and at drop-offs, grocery stores and markets around Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and southcentral Pennsylvania.

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