Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

April 27, 2007

Jessica A. Chittenden

Campylobacter Contamination in Raw Milk

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today warned consumers in Cayuga County, New York and surrounding areas not to consume "unpasteurized" raw farm milk from the Phil Stauderman farm due to possible Campylobacter contamination.

The Stauderman farm located at 3128 Blakley Road, Genoa, New York 13071 holds a Department permit to legally sell raw milk at the farm. Samples are taken monthly and tested by the Department to determine if the raw milk is free of pathogenic bacteria.

A routine sample of the milk, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on April 16, 2007 was subsequently tested by the Departmentís Food Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with Campylobacter. On April 19, 2007, the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result and volunteered to suspend raw milk sales until the sample results were confirmed. Test results were confirmed on April 27, 2007 and the producer is prohibited from selling raw milk until subsequent sampling indicates that the product is free of pathogens.

Campylobacter is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, headache and muscle pain in young children and young adults. Illness usually occurs two to five days after ingestion and generally lasts for seven to ten days.

It is important to note that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization, which eliminates all pathogenic bacteria, including Campylobacter. Producers who sell raw milk to consumers must have a permit to do so from the Department, must sell directly to consumers on the farm where the milk is produced and must post a notice at the point of sale indicating that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization. Farms with permits to sell raw milk are inspected by the Department monthly.

To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with product from the Stauderman farm.

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