The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued a warning that raw milk from Crystal Brook Farm has tested positive for E. coli. The warning pertains to whey, cottage cheese and plastic half gallons of milk. Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them as E. coli can cause serious illness.

Health officials discovered the problem during routine testing. They have ordered sales of these products to be halted. Sales cannot be restarted until two consecutive tests from samples drawn at least one day apart show that the raw milk is free of pathogens.

The products were sold at the farm’s on-site store located at 3568 Scenic Road in Gordonville and at the Dutch Meadow Retail Store at 694 Country Lane in Paradise. Dutch Meadows Distribution Center at 753 Country Lane in Paradise may have distributed them further.

Laws governing the sale of raw milk vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, it is only legal to sell raw milk and cheese that has been aged for 60 days.

Sales of the products were ordered to be ceased. With the exception of milk and 60-day aged cheese, raw milk products are not legal to sell in Pennsylvania.

Symptoms of an E. coli infecrion include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Anyone who consumed the milk and developed these symptoms should see a doctor and mention the exposure to E. coli.

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