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New York Salmonella Scare Linked to Raw Milk

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New York Salmonella Scare Linked to Raw Milk

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets recently published a food safety alert regarding raw milk from Jerry Dell Farm, Inc. in Freeville, New York. Samples of the milk found that it was contaminated with Salmonella, a type of bacteria that can cause a variety of illness symptoms like nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Beyond these symptoms, salmonella infection can also lead to arthritis, endocarditis, and arterial infections. Salmonella poisoning can be especially dangerous for individuals with weak or compromised immune systems, such as children and the elderly.

Although no illnesses have been reported in relation to this milk scare, it is important that you are vigilant about the dairy products you and your family consume. Keep yourself educated about recalls through websites like recalls.gov and always store and prepare food properly to minimize your risk of infection. If you do suffer from food poisoning, though, know that you have the option to seek monetary compensation for your losses through a food poisoning claim.

What is Raw Milk?

The term “raw milk” can be confusing to individuals who are not familiar with the product. It refers to milk that is not pasteurized or homogenized. Individuals who seek and consume this product often do so because they feel it tastes better than pasteurized milk. Some also choose raw milk because they believe it is healthier than conventionally-processed milk, despite raw milk being known to put its drinkers at risk of contracting diseases like diphtheria, streptococcal infections, and tuberculosis. Many in the medical establishment warn against drinking raw milk specifically because of these risks.

Pasteurization is a process that was developed in the 19th century by Louis Pasteur. It is the process of heating milk and other dairy products to a specific temperature and keeping them there for a period of time to kill any harmful bacteria contained within the product. The product is then cooled and packaged, free of the harmful bacteria that can cause the illnesses discussed above. Proponents of raw milk argue that raw milk can be produced in a sterile environment, eliminating the risk of these pathogens developing in the food.

The Jerry Dell Farm scare occurred because in New York, it is legal to sell raw milk and other dairy products made with raw milk. The laws about the sale of raw milk and dairy vary from state to state. In Illinois, it is not legal for a retail store to sell raw milk, but it is legal for farms to sell raw milk if it has been produced in accordance with state law.

Work with an Illinois Food Poisoning Attorney

Contracting a foodborne illness can lead to serious health issues. If you or a loved one have become ill from a contaminated food source, contact an experienced food poisoning attorney to learn more about seeking compensation through a personal injury claim. Our team at Newland & Newland, LLP, can help you through this process and provide you with the guidance and representation you need as you seek the money you deserve.

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