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Cow’s Milk Recalled After E. Coli Outbreak

by | November 28, 2019

A UK dairy farm has recalled its cow’s milk products after an E. coli outbreak is believed to have originated there.

A statement from the local council and Public Health England highlights that the outbreak was likely due to “a problem with the pasteurisation process” at Darwin’s Dairy in South Yorkshire.

18 people in the area have contracted E. coli — which is a type of bacteria that can cause serious infection — with some patients still in the hospital.

Half of the people affected by the illness are confirmed to have consumed milk from the dairy. Health officials have advised consumers to dispose of any Darwin’s Dairy products they may have at home.

The dairy in question has been testing its products and states that all results have so far come back clear.

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The cow’s milk is believed to be the source of the outbreak (Photo: Yanawut Suntornkij/Shutterstock.com)

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E. Coli & Cow’s Milk

When E. coli is present in milk, this is usually because the udders of the cow are contaminated with faeces. This can happen easily if they are not cleaned properly.

E. coli can be extremely harmful to those with weakened immune systems. It can also be dangerous — and sometime fatal — for certain groups, such as babies, the elderly and pregnant people.

Have you heard similar stories of cow’s milk causing illness? Let us know in the comments below!

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