Consumers who purchased raw, whole milk from Fertile Valley Farm in Honesdale, Wayne County between February 21 and March 1, 2018 should immediately discard the milk. Tests completed after a routine inspection and sampling were positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that causes Listeriosis.
Milk was sold directly from the farm in plastic gallon, half gallon, and quart containers with the Fertile Valley Farm label. The farm has discarded all remaining milk and posted a notice to its customers on social media.
No reported illnesses have been attributed to the product, but anyone who consumed the milk and became ill should consult their physician.
Listeriosis symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. The illness mainly affects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. It can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection or stillbirth, if a pregnant woman became infected.
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