State issues quarantine on unpasteurized cow’s milk from Lancaster County farm

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to throw away unpasteurized cow’s milk or other dairy products purchased from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Lancaster County.

Officials in New York notified the state that raw milk products purchased at the farm may contain a strain of Brucella abortus (RB51), according to a news release.

One individual in New York has been diagnosed with RB51, which was confirmed by the Center for Disease Control. RB51 causes no symptoms in cattle, but can spread from cattle to humans, causing flu-like symptoms, fever, sweats, headaches, back pain and physical weakness.

The state department has issued an order of quarantine to halt the sale of raw dairy products from the farm while an investigation is conducted, but pasteurized dairy products from the farm have been deemed safe.

Attempts to contact Miller’s Biodiversity Farm were unsuccessful.

CPBJ Staff

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