department finds tainted milk at Youngs
milk that was suspected of being the culprit in the bacterial contamination
at Youngs Jersey Dairy and Golden Jersey Inn has tested positive
for salmonella. According to the Clark County Combined Health District,
skim milk bottled on Nov. 29, was contaminated with salmonella.
We think that all the raw milk that was bottled on that same day
will be implicated, Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson
said Monday. But were still honing in on how it happened.
The number of confirmed cases infected with the salmonella poisoning is
still on the rise. Since last week the number of cases has risen from
8 to 30 people. Of the 30, four Youngs food handlers have tested
positive for the bacteria, and preliminary results show another 11 have
also tested positive.
All of the employees with possible contamination have stopped food service
work, Youngs owner Dan Young said.
Though only milk bottled on Nov. 29 has tested positive, it could have
been sitting on the shelf for up to four days after that date, before
any of the contamination had been discovered, Young said. Customers could
have purchased contaminated milk as late as Dec. 3.
Tests showed that whole milk bottled prior to Nov. 29 and purchased on
that date did not have salmonella. Additional milk testing is going on,
according to a press release from the Clark County Combined Health District.
I feel better that weve found something, and it seems like
theres no current problem anymore, Young said. But were
not going to stop searching until weve exhausted every avenue that
seems remotely likely to have caused it.
The possibilities are endless, but the Health District is continuing to
test employees, and health officials are starting to sample Youngs
30 milking cows.
All the milk Youngs sells is unpasteurized, and it was all pulled
from the shelves on Dec. 13.
Young says he is not sure whether the restaurants will sell unpasteurized
milk in the future, though he noted that his milk has been safe for the
50 years the business has been open.
Well evaluate things when we get done with all this, though
the safety of the customers is always our highest priority, he said.
Milk sales constitute 1.5 percent of sales, which Young feels is a pretty
significant part of the business. And he said business seemed a
little slower recently.
Over the last week business has certainly been affected by the news,
he said. But this is usually a slow week for us, people are all
out at the malls anyway.
Youngs uses pasteurized milk in its ice cream.
There are 34 additional suspected salmonella cases. The lab results of
these tests are expected in the next few days, Patterson said. The health
department sent stool samples from 100 additional Youngs employees
to the lab Monday, Dec. 23, to be analyzed.
The infection cases have been confirmed in nine counties in Ohio, in addition
to one case in Chicago and two suspected cases in Indiana. The counties
include Butler, Clark, Greene, Madison, Montgomery, Shelby, Highland,
Hamilton, Preble, Miami and Warren.
The health department is continuing its search efforts in conjunction
with the Ohio Department of Health. Food service inspectors have been
monitoring food handling and prep training at Youngs since Dec.
10 and will be there until the problem is resolved.
According to the Health District, the onset of salmonella food poisoning
symptoms takes place 6 to 72 hours after coming into contact with the
bacteria. Symptoms can last several days and include abdominal pain, diarrhea,
chills, fever, nausea, vomiting and malaise.