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Raw milk contamination detected at Schuyler County dairy

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The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is urging consumers in Schuyler County and neighboring areas to avoid consuming raw milk from Sunset View Creamery LLC due to potential contamination with Campylobacter jejuni. The creamery, situated at 4970 County Road 14, Odessa, has not been linked to any reported illnesses related to this product thus far.

During a routine inspection, a Department official found the raw milk sample tainted with Campylobacter jejuni. Upon receiving a preliminary positive test result on September 12th, the creamery was alerted. Comprehensive lab tests confirmed the presence of the bacteria. As a result, Sunset View Creamery LLC has been barred from selling raw milk until future tests show no traces of the contaminant. Consumers are advised to discard any raw milk purchased from the said creamery and can reach out to the farm directly at (607) 594-2095.

Ingesting Campylobacter can lead to symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, appearing 2 to 5 days post-consumption and lasting around a week. Severe complications can arise, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems. Notably, pasteurization, a heat-treatment process, is globally recognized as efficient in eliminating such bacteria from milk, thus preventing potential foodborne illness outbreaks.