Farm Penalized in Durand High School Raw Milk Case
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/20/2015
The owners of a Pepin County dairy farm, who supplied unpasteurized milk to the Durand High School football team this fall causing dozens of students and faculty to become violently ill from Campylobacter bacteria, have agreed to a set of penalties for their roll in the outbreak.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw have agreed to a plan that includes suspending the farm's Grade A permit for 30 days.
The agency says if the farm violates any of the the conditions of the agreement within three years, the Grade A permit will be suspended again for 150 days for the current violation and their Grade A permit will be revoked for no less than six months for the additional violation.
"After reviewing the circumstances described in the final DHS epidemiological and laboratory report, we have determined that the farm violated current statutes and rules by distributing unpasteurized milk in an unauthorized manner, so we are taking appropriate action," said Dr. Steve Ingham, administrator of the
Division of Food Safety for DATCP.
Nearly 40 people were sickened after drinking the raw milk in September, of which 26 were confirmed to have been contaminated by Campylobacter jejuni, a harmful bacteria that was traced back to the farm's manure.