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3 January 2008

Two Die from Tainted Milk

A deadly outbreak of a bacterial illness, listeriosis, in Massachusetts stemming from tainted milk appears to have entered Whittier Farms' milk supply after it was pasteurized. Two victims of the illness have died, and another woman miscarried.

The Shrewsbury dairy has suspended operations and is cooperating with state officials trying to pinpoint the source of contamination.

This is believed to be the third ever instance of listeria bacteria in pasteurized milk in the United States. The bacteria can cause listeriosis, which can result in fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.


* Yahoo News December 28, 2007

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