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Raw milk from Orleans County farm may be contaminated, state warns

Unpasteurized raw milk sold at an Orleans County farm may be contaminated by bacteria and should not be consumed, state agriculture officials warned Monday.

Milk sold at Martin Yoder Farm on Murdock Road in Medina may be contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni, a common cause of food poisoning, after a sample of the milk was found to be contaminated, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and malaise typically occur within two to five days of exposure to the bacteria. Campylobacter jejuni bacteria has also been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome – a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, according to the National Institutes of Health – which may occur weeks after a person is exposed, officials said.

To date, no reports have been made to the state about illnesses associated with consuming the milk. Officials recommend anyone who bought some immediately dispose of it.

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