The outbreak investigation into the Listeria outbreak traced to the consumption of Whittier Farms milk products revealed contamination in several areas of the milk plant, according to reports from the Boston Herald and the Metro West Daily News

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today:

More than 100 environmental and milk samples were

milk listeria outbreakPublic health officials in Massachusetts have confirmed that a listeriosis outbreak was caused by the consumption of milk purchased from Whittier Farms.  They used Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) to obtain the "genetic fingerprint" of the strain of Listeria that was isolated from case-patients and milk provided by the dairy for testing. 

PFGE is a

The Milford Daily News reported that two people died after drinking milk produced by Whittier Farms in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  According to the story, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a warning to consumers not to drink milk produced by the dairy because it might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

Whittier Farms distributes most of

raw milk outbreakThis week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contains an outbreak report on a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak associated with the consumption of raw milk and cheese produced at a Pennsylvania dairy beginning in February, 2007. 

According to the report, several people who consumed