A Longmont, Colorado goat dairy that has been ordered to stop distributing raw milk products after 16 people became ill after drinking milk. Two children who drank goat milk from the Billy Goat Dairy required hospitalization, Boulder County Public Health reported Wednesday. Of the people who reported becoming ill from consuming the milk products, lab tests confirmed the presence of Campylobacter and E. coli O157:H7, the health department said.

Health department officials in Minnesota this month reported five E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to drinking raw milk from a dairy in Gibbon, Minnesota. All of the sick were infected with a strain of bacteria that has the same “pulsed field gel electrophoresis” (PFGE) pattern, or DNA fingerprint. One infected child developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly complication.

Counting Colorado and Minnesota, there have now been at least ten outbreaks of illness tied to raw milk since January 2010. The other states with outbreaks include Nevada, Utah (two outbreaks), New York, and Pennsylvania. There was also a multistate outbreak with illnesses confirmed in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Washington has had two as well. And, even worse, these outbreaks involved at least three different pathogens: E. coli O157:H7; Salmonella, and Campylobacter. More specifically:

• In January, a dairy farm in New York was linked to five Campylobacter infections.

• Another outbreak of Campylobacter was reported in February in Pennsylvania. State health officials there said approximately ten people became ill after drinking raw milk. One of the ill developed Guillain – Barre Syndrome, became paralyzed, and is still hospitalized.

• In March, raw milk caused at least seventeen Campylobacter infections in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana.

• In April, Utah was the site of Salmonella and Campylobacter outbreaks tied to raw milk. The first cluster included nine reported cases of Campylobacter infection. The second cluster included six reported cases of Salmonella.

• In May, Nevada health officials reported that a child became seriously ill with a Campylobacter infection after eating homemade raw milk cheese that was illegally sold door-to-door.

• Washington has had two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks both linked to the same dairy.

Raw Milk Dairy is having a problem and it needs to be fixed.

  • Doc Mudd

    “Where is the outrage from the Raw Milk Industry?”
    That is carefully cultivated and hoarded to be directed exclusively at public health officials, doctors, microbiologists, epidemiologits, food safety advocates and prosecuting attorneys. The ‘raw milkies’ wouldn’t deign to waste any of their abundant and precious outrage on cleaning up their own act.
    Outrage the have, common sense and compassion for young children and the elderly…not so much.

  • dee

    Dairy doesn’t build good bones in humans. Especially pasteurized milk, quite the opposite, it takes calcium from the bones just to process the protein and calcium from the milk.
    The mothers milk is stolen and denied to her baby, while her baby goes to live in a veal crate, and you people think your having compassion, for children and old people? Idiots.
    Don’t steal their milk and you won’t get sick

  • the only real problem with raw milk are the raids on those who choose to drink it…guns drawn? gimme a break. Too bad our country is so bass-ackwards…while our tax $ is being wasted on raw milk raids on non-criminals, I wonder how many real crimes were going down in the same areas- rapes, child molestation and meth labs/drug deals. Show me all the milk heads running around committing crimes in order to get their next milk fix. Compare the statistics showing deaths, illnesses from drinking raw milk to the high rate of death and illness and crime caused by real illegal drugs, meth, cocaine, and numerous others…but instead our govt sees fit to supply guns to Mexican drug cartels. Our govt has truly gone out of control.