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K-Bar Dairy resumes raw milk sales

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that it is allowing K-Bar Dairy in Paradise to resume selling raw milk. Raw milk from the dairy had tested positive for the Brucella bacteria two months ago, prompting a recall by the DSHS.

The recall came after a public health investigation confirmed that a customer of the dairy had contracted brucellosis, a disease caused by the Brucella bacteria.

“Testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Lab showed that two cows in the herd were shedding Brucella in their milk. Those two cows were separated from the herd, and subsequent testing of milk from the remaining cows has shown no evidence of Brucella bacteria in the milk or equipment, clearing the way for the resumption of sales. As part of an agreement with the dairy, DSHS will test its milk for Brucella periodically for up to one year,” the DSHS said in a statement issued Wednesday.

People who consumed milk or milk products purchased from K-Bar Dairy between June 1 and Aug. 14 are still considered to be at high risk of Brucella infection, the DSHS said, and should contact a doctor about whether they should get antibiotics to treat or prevent illness.

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