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FDA investigates York dairy illness cases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating reports of people claiming to have become ill after they drank milk from York, S.C.-based Tucker Adkins Dairy.

Three people have came down with campylobacteriosis, a bacterial disease, and there are another five probable cases, the FDA said.

The FDA said the people reported that they had consumed raw milk from Tucker June 14 before becoming sick. One person has been hospitalized.

The milk was in 1-gallon containers and distributed in North Carolina by a courier. It is unknown whether the milk was distributed in other states.

The people who became ill said they received raw milk twice a month from a courier who delivered the milk from South Carolina, the FDA said.

Most people who get campylobacteriosis have diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever within two to five days after being infected. The diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

The FDA recommends that consumers only drink pasteurized milk and “those who may have raw milk produced by Tucker Adkins Dairy should dispose of that product.”

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