A Salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk produced by Pot ‘O Gold Dairy in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania has sickened nine people, according to state health an agriculture officials. Consumers who have purchased raw milk from the dairy since September 10, 2018, should not drink it as Salmonella can cause serious illness.
The Dangers of Raw Milk
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized and can therefore contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria and Campylobacter that can cause serious illness. “One of the troubling issues about the sale of raw milk is that consumers are not adequately warned about the risks,” said Attorney Fred Pritzker. “Raw milk can cause serious illness, kidney failure, paralysis, and death. I know because I have stood by the bedsides of people who innocently drank raw milk and ended up hooked up to life support machines, fighting for their lives.”
Symptoms of a Salmonella Infection
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, usually set in between six and 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. Children, seniors and people with compromised immune systems are at heightened risk of developing an infection.
Where the Milk was Sold
The milk linked to this outbreak was sold in glass, half-gallon containers marked with the Pot O’ Gold label in Crawford, Erie, McKean, Venango, and Warren counties.
The following stores sold the contaminated raw milk:
- Buck and Kathy, Titusville
- D&J Bakery, Cambridge Springs
- Miller’s Country Store, Cochranton
- Corry Lumber, Corry
- Duran’s Farm Fresh Products, Waterford
- Edinboro Market, Edinboro
- Orton’s Fruit Market, North East
- Sander’s Market, Corry
- Circle K Feeds, Kane
- Farmer’s Daughter’s Country Market
- Kondak’s Market, Clarendon
- Lottsville Milling, Lottsville
- Scandia General Store, Scandia
- Shell Service Center, Warren
- Town and Country Store, Sugar Grove
- Youngsville Hardware, Youngsville