Raw goat milk, goat milk yogurt, whey and cottage cheese made by a Lancaster County farm have tested positive for E. coli bacteria, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Officials said consumers who purchased products made by Crystal Brook Farm on or before October 13 should throw them out.
“Tests performed during routine sampling indicated that the products tested positive for a pathogenic strain of E. coli bacteria,” the Agriculture Ministry said.
The milk, according to the Department of Agriculture, was sold to the Crystal Brook Farm Store, 3568 Scenic Road in Gordonville and the Dutch Meadow Retail Store at 694 Country Lane in Paradise in plastic half gallons.
Milk, whey and cottage cheese may also have been distributed to other retail outlets by the Dutch Meadows distribution center at 753 Country Lane in Paradise.
The agriculture ministry said it had ordered sales of the products to stop.
“With the exception of milk and 60-day ripened cheese, raw milk products are not legally sold in Pennsylvania. Milk sales will only resume when two consecutive tests from samples taken at least one day apart show that the raw milk produced at the dairy is free from pathogenic organisms and the department inspectors judge the facility. Complies with food safety regulations.
Not all E. coli bacteria can cause disease, the department said, but the strain found in this case can cause infection.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of an infection caused by E. coli vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which is usually not very high (less than 101˚F / 38.5˚C). “