The state departments of Agriculture and Health today advised
consumers and retailers who purchased milk from Brunton Dairy
in Aliquippa, Beaver County, to immediately discard all milk
with a sell-by date of Oct. 25 or later.
As part of ongoing oversight testing of the dairy, the Department
of Agriculture confirmed a positive test result for Yersinia
bacteria from pasteurized, homogenized fat-free milk in a gallon
glass bottle with a date code (sell-by date) of Oct. 25.
Milk production has been suspended at the facility until
additional testing is completed.
Yersinia enterocolitica causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea
and vomiting, and it can sometimes enter the bloodstream and
affect other organs. Onset of illness usually occurs four to
six days after exposure, but can be as short as one day or as
long as two weeks. This infection can be severe, and illness
can mimic appendicitis and sometimes lead to unnecessary surgery.
Any person who consumed a product from Brunton Dairy and has
symptoms of diarrhea or abdominal pain should contact their
healthcare provider to assure appropriate specimens are
collected and treatment is given.
Media contacts: Samantha Elliott Krepps, Dept. of Agriculture;
Christine Cronkright, Dept. of Health; 717-787-1783
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