Gross Family Dairy in South Sterling, Wayne County, has had the required testing completed on their milk for pathogens. After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's completed inspection, it has been determined that the dairy is in compliance with the milk regulations and is therefore approved to resume raw milk sales as of Jan. 14, 2016.
Gross Family Dairy sells raw milk on their farm as well as in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, at Earthlight Natural Foods, the Stroudsburg Farmers Market and the Monroe Farmers Market. It also sells raw milk at Dutch's Market in Greentown, Pike County; Everything Natural in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; and at Matt's Farm Stand in Hamlin, Wayne County. The milk is sold in half gallons and pints.
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.
Pennsylvania law allows farms to sell raw milk, but requires the farms to be permitted and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to reduce health risks associated with unpasteurized products.
When an incident of contamination is discovered, the department's milk sanitarian works with the raw milk permit holder to educate them on where the issue occurred and how to find a solution.
For more information about Listeriosis, visit www.health.pa.gov.