People in 19 states exposed to Brucella bacteria from drinking raw milk

Food Safety News
Feb. 11, 2019
By Coral Beach
QUARRYVILLE, Pa. — Although it’s illegal to sell unpasteurized milk across state lines, federal officials say people in 19 states have been exposed to drug-resistant Brucella after consuming raw milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Pennsylvania. In a nationwide food safety alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that anyone who has consumed raw dairy products from the farm in the past three years should check in with their doctors. The outbreak strain of Brucella — RB51 — is resistant to rifampin, one of the antibiotics that is typically be used to prevent or treat brucellosis. The CDC and state officials are urging consumers to throw away any raw dairy products from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm that they have in their homes.  … Investigators have discovered people in 19 states bought or consumed raw milk from the Pennsylvania farm. The CDC alert did not report how the unpasteurized, raw milk had been illegally transported or sold across state lines. The 19 states are Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0211-brucellosis-raw-milk.html