Raw goat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese from Lancaster County farm contaminated with E. coli, state officials say


Raw goat milk, goat milk yogurt, whey and cottage cheese made by a Lancaster County farm have tested positive for the E. coli bacteria, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Officials said consumers who purchased the products made by Crystal Brook Farm on or before Oct. 13 should discard them.

“Tests completed during routine sampling indicated that the products tested positive for a disease-causing strain of E. coli bacteria,” the Department of Agriculture said.

The milk, according to the Department of Agriculture, was sold at Crystal Brook Farm Store, 3568 Scenic Road in Gordonville and the Dutch Meadow Retail Store at 694 Country Lane in Paradise in plastic half gallons.

Milk, whey and cottage cheese may have also been distributed to other retail locations by Dutch Meadows Distribution Center at 753 Country Lane in Paradise.

The Department of Agriculture said it has ordered the sales of the products to cease.

“With the exception of milk and 60-day aged cheese, raw milk products are not legal to sell in Pennsylvania. Sales of the milk will not resume until two consecutive tests from samples drawn at least one day apart show the raw milk produced at the dairy is free from disease-producing organisms and department inspectors deem the facility in compliance with food safety regulations.”

Not all E. coli bacteria can cause illness, the department said, however the strain found in this case can cause infection.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of an infection caused by E. coli vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C).”


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