The potential health risks associated with raw milk consumption need to be better understood by policy makers and the public. So says a report by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Agriculture. It was published online today by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Last February, the Pennsylvania Department of Health through routine electronic laboratory disease reporting, learned of two people with laboratory-confirmed infections of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium.


Both cases reported drinking raw milk from the same York County, PA dairy farm. Other customers of the raw milk dairy were also showing up sick.

In determining the source and scope of the outbreak Pennsylvania officials found that 29 cases of diarrheal illness were caused by S. Typhimurium with the identical PFGE patterns.

Go here to read the complete report.