Sick with Salmonella?
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Elliot Olsen has regained millions of dollars for people harmed by Salmonella; he currently has four clients sickened in this year’s outbreak from contaminated eggs. If you or a family member became ill after drinking raw whole milk from Pot O Gold Dairy, please call (612) 337-6126 for a free consultation, or complete the following:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that the Bear Lake dairy’s raw whole milk was sold starting Sept. 10 in half-gallon glass containers with the Pot O Gold label at 16 stores in the counties of Crawford, Erie, McKean, Venango, and Warren. The complete list of stores, by county:
- CRAWFORD: Buck and Kathy, Titusville; D&J Bakery, Cambridge Springs; Miller’s Country Store, Cochranton.
- ERIC: Corry Lumber, Corry; Duran’s Farm Fresh Products, Waterford; Edinboro Market, Edinboro; Orton’s Fruit Market, North East; Sander’s Market, Corry.
- McKEAN: Circle K Feeds, Kane.
- VENANGO: Farmer’s Daughter’s Country Market, Seneca.
- WARREN: Kondak’s Market, Clarendon; Lottsville Milling, Lottsville; Scandia General Store, Scandia; Shell Service Center, Warren; Town and Country Store, Sugar Grove; Youngsville Hardware, Youngsville.
Pot O Gold: call with questions
Pot O Gold does not have a business website, but a statement on its Facebook page stated it has recalled unpasteurized raw milk until it receives results of tests on samples. The post read:
There were some inaccurate reports out there that there was a total recall on ALL our milk. THAT IS NOT THE CASE! The ONLY milk that is under testing is the RAW MILK WITH THE RED CAP! All pasteurized varieties are fine and for sale at all locations. Thanks to you all.”
The Department of Health has asked that if you have any questions about this Salmonella outbreak, please call 877-724-3258.
Pot O Gold: raw milk info
What exactly is “raw milk?” Simply put, it is any milk that has not been pasteurized. (Pasteurization is the process in which the milk is heated to destroy dangerous microorganisms.)
Proponents of drinking raw milk argue that consuming it can boost the immune system, prevent lactose intolerance, and aid in allergy prevention. They also say that pasteurizing the milk damages or destroys the raw milk’s nutrients and “good” bacteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, say there is no evidence to support those claims. In fact, the CDC reported that between 1998 and 2011, almost 2,400 Americans were sickened in 148 outbreaks of food poisoning caused by raw milk or cheese made with raw milk.
Of the people sickened during that 14-year span, 284 were hospitalized, and two victims died. Additionally, of the 104 outbreaks in which the ages of patients were included, more than 80 percent involved someone younger than 20.
Pot O Gold: Salmonella info
According to the CDC, about 1.2 million Americans contract salmonellosis – the disease caused by Salmonella – every year. About 23,000 victims will need to be hospitalized, and 450 of them will die.
Salmonellosis can develop anywhere from 12 hours to three days after drinking raw milk or eating food contaminated with Salmonella.
Symptoms of salmonellosis
As with other types of food poisoning, salmonellosis symptoms can last up to a week and include:
- diarrhea, which can turn bloody
- abdominal cramps
- fever, which can be 104 degrees or higher
Most people recover without needing to see a health-care professional, but in some cases, diarrhea becomes so severe that dehydration occurs. If this happens, hospitalization is required.
Pregnant women are at a higher risk for contracting salmonellosis because their immune systems are weakened due to hormonal changes. They are also more likely to develop complications: A pregnant woman who contracts salmonellosis can suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor.
Other people most at risk for developing complications are young children, senior citizens, and anyone with a weakened immune system.
Complications of salmonellosis
Salmonellosis complications occur when the Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream. They include:
- meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart’s inner lining that usually involves the heart valves.
- osteomyelitis, which is a bone inflammation that generally targets the legs, arms, or spine.
- reactive arthritis (or Reiter’s syndrome), which is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in response to a Salmonella infection elsewhere in the body.