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Bacterial infections coming from raw milk products in Ohio

Staff Writer | December 5, 2016
An unknown number of people have been infected with Campylobacter bacteria in unpasteurized raw milk from Sweet Grass Dairy’s herd share program in Ohio.
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State officials issued a public health alert about the dairy’s raw milk products in connection with an investigation into foodborne illnesses, according to the alert from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

“This alert is the result of an investigation by ODA and the Ohio Department of Health after foodborne illnesses were reported in Franklin County. Later testing confirmed a connection between the illnesses and raw milk from Sweet Grass Dairy,” according to the alert.

People can prevent such infections by consuming only pasteurized milk and milk products, the alert states. Pasteurization is the process in which milk is heated briefly to kill any pathogenic bacteria that might be present.

Raw milk has not been pasteurized to kill pathogenic bacteria and is not legally available for sale in Ohio retail stores.

The Sweet Grass Dairy is in Fredericktown, which is in Knox County, and is owned by Jacob Coleman. He provided a statement to, contending all food carries the risk of pathogens.

“Our testing levels have maintained averages lower than pasteurized products,” according to Coleman’s statement as reported by “We are aware of the state’s issue and we are doing further lab work to check the pureness of our herdshares.