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Campylobacter illnesses linked to raw milk

By Joe Whitworth+

28-Aug-2014

Raw milk has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria
Raw milk has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria

Raw milk purchased at Ropelato Dairy in Utah has been linked to 45 Campylobacter illnesses.

The dairy in Weber County has had its license to sell raw milk suspended after several tests of samples were positive for Campylobacter.

Larry Lewis, public information officer, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, said: “Inspectors have repeatedly visited the dairy, reviewing safety procedures, working with the owner to determine the source of the problem and helping devise corrective actions.”

Utah public health officials said the dairy has been cooperative in working with the inspectors, and will be allowed to resume raw milk sales as soon as the milk consistently passes safety tests.

Raw milk is from cows, goats or sheep that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria

Onset dates range from May 9 to July 21, and range in age from two to 74 years.

Cases have been reported from: Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties. Two cases occurred in out of state residents from California and Idaho.

Since 2009, there have been 14 documented outbreaks of Campylobacter infection associated with raw milk consumption in Utah, with more than 200 people becoming ill.

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