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Pennsylvania residents sickened by defective milk

A bacterial infection known as Campylobacteriosis associated with drinking of milk has shown up among Pennsylvania residents as there have been six separate cases of such an infection confirmed. This type of malady is often the result of consumption of a defective product such as unpasteurized milk or contaminated water.

Though most individuals will recover within 10-days of being diagnosed with the malady, there are complications resulting from Campy which have led to arthritis or Guillian-Barre Syndrome - a neurological condition that is often quite serious.

The farm in which the outbreak was traced has temporarily ceased operations. Though a formal recall has not been announced, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has recommended that individuals discard any milk purchased from the dairy in which the milk was produced following January 1st.

It goes without saying that safety precautions and procedures should be implemented when it comes to the foods and beverages which we consume. Ultimately, every provider along the shipment chain should be held accountable for the safety of our food to prevent such a happening from occurring again.

Recalls are often conducted by various government departments to protect consumers. Though such recalls are put in place to minimize the risk of injury or illness as much as is feasible, it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of injury or illness once the food product has been introduced to the marketplace. Individuals sickened by the consumption of such products might want to get in contact with an attorney experienced in product safety. Product liability suits are there specifically to help out those that have been made ill by consumption of a product.

Source: Public Opinion, "Infections confirmed from raw milk sold in Chambersburg area," Jan. 2012

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