Raw Milk Testing Standards
PERMITS ALLOWING THE SALE OF
RAW MILK FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
9. Regular Testing of Raw Milk.
a. Responsibility. A raw milk permit holder is responsible to arrange for the regular sampling and testing required with respect to the raw milk permit, and to pay for this testing.
Pennsylvania Approved Dairy Laboratories. All raw milk samples submitted for testing must be analyzed at an official laboratory (a laboratory which is under the direct supervision of the Department) or a Pennsylvania approved dairy laboratory (a laboratory authorized or designated
by the Department as allowed to perform specific milk testing).
c. Testing Schedule. A raw milk permit holder must coordinate raw milk testing on the following
schedule, and the raw milk samples must meet the following standards:
Another illness case linked to The Family Cow's raw milk
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday added another case from Chester County. State totals: Pennsylvania 67, Maryland five, West Virginia three and New Jersey two.
The outbreak of campylobacteriosis is the largest linked to raw milk in Pennsylvania in five years. The two prior record outbreaks since 2006 were both in 2008 - 72 cases during an outbreak originating in Lancaster County and 68 from Montgomery County raw milk. More than 250 people in Pennsylvania have become ill after drinking raw milk during the past five years, according to the state health department. Campylobacter bacteria caused six of the seven outbreaks during that time.
Shankstead EcoFarm, trading as The Family Cow, is among 153 farms in Pennsylvania and 12 local farms permitted to sell raw milk or cheese from cows or goats. Proponents of raw milk say the unpasteurized product has health benefits.
Raw milk bottled at the Family Cow about Jan. 16 has been blamed for the recent outbreak. The farm began selling raw milk again on Jan. 27 after passing a state Department of Agriculture inspection.
Edwin Shank said the farm has improved its handling of raw milk.