The state Department of Agriculture's records indicate that a test result pointing to bacteria in milk from Brunton Dairy in Beaver County was due to contamination in the laboratory, according to the Beaver County Times newspaper.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Brunton Dairy attorney Jeffrey D. Truitt said the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture told dairy officials there was a "lab error" during the testing of samples collected before the second halt in milk production in October.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
In a suit filed Sept. 12 in Allegheny County Court, Henrietta F. Kretzler and her husband, Walter P. Kretzler Jr., of Leetsdale, claim she was sickened from consuming dairy products purchased from the Independence Township farm.
A Leetsdale Couple has filed a lawsuit against Brunton Dairy in Beaver County alleging the farm's milk and ice cream products sickened the wife. According to the Beaver County Times, Henrietta F. Kretzler and her husband, Walter P. Kretzler Jr., of Washington St., claim they regularly purchased milk and ice cream from the Independence Township dairy, which Henrietta Kretzler consumed in June and July. The suit claims Henrietta Kretzler suffered severe abdominal pain and a perforated bowel, which required exploratory surgery and a small bowel resection and caused Walter Kretzler Jr. to suffer a loss of consortium with his wife, the Times reported. The couple's attorney, Thomas E. Crenney of Pittsburgh, could not be reached for comment …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The dairy is able to resume production of its milk and ice cream this week after passing a routine inspection.
It's been a roller-coaster ride for Brunton Dairy's milk production. The dairy suspended production in July, then started up two months later, only to suspend milk production again in late October. Once again, the 175-year-old dairy is back to producing bottled milk. Samantha Krepps, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said Brunton Dairy successfully completed a routine inspection and is able to resume production of milk and ice cream. "This final inspection is required of any farm operation desiring to begin or resume on-farm processing of their milk and will occur immediately upon the request of the owners of Brunton Dairy," Krepps said. In October, the state Agriculture Department and Pennsylvania Department of …
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Beaver County dairy suspends production; customers and stores warned to discard milk.
The Pennsylvania Agriculture Department and Department of Health is advising consumers and retailers who purchased milk from Brunton Dairy to immediately discard all milk with a sell-by date of Oct. 25 or later. As part of ongoing oversight testing of milk samples at the dairy, the Department of Agriculture confirmed a positive test result for Yersinia bacteria from pasteurized, homogenized fat-free milk in a gallon glass bottle with a sell-by date of Oct. 25. Milk production at the more than 175-year-old dairy in Independence Township, Beaver County, has been suspended until additional testing is completed. Sewickley Confectionery is one of several area stores that carry the milk. A father and son carried jugs of unfinished milk into the…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Beaver County dairy voluntarily suspended production after reports that tainted milk sickened more than a dozen people.
After months of voluntarily suspending milk production, Brunton Dairy gets back to business Saturday. "We’re back!" the farm's website proclaims. "Brunton Dairy has returned to doing what they do best… producing delicious, nutritious milk for your family!" The dairy's website said milk will be available Saturday and home deliveries resume on customers' next regular delivery day. Milk production was suspended following reports that more than a dozen people in Allegheny and Beaver counties were sickened after drinking tainted milk from the Independence Township farm. A Pennsylvania Agriculture Department spokesperson said the department’s milk sanitarian and milk program specialist will return to Brunton Dairy on Friday to complete a final …
Friday, August 26, 2011
State and county health officials are advising consumers and retailers to discard all ice cream purchased from the dairy.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department issued a joint health advisory Friday, adding ice cream to the list of tainted products that the Brunton Dairy in Independence Township sold. A positive culture for Yersinia enterocolitica was uncovered in an unopened container of Brunton Dairy ice cream that a consumer provided to the health department. Additional testing on ice cream products from the dairy is still under way through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The health departments are advising consumers and retailers to discard all ice cream purchased from the dairy as a precautionary measure. Ice cream and bottled milk production has been suspended at the facility since the last week of …
Monday, August 8, 2011
More illnesses in Beaver and Allegheny counties link to milk from local dairy.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming more than a dozen people have now been sickened after drinking milk from a Beaver County dairy. As of Monday morning, the state health department had 14 confirmed cases of people sickened from a harmful bacteria linked to milk produced from Brunton Dairy in Independence Township, Beaver County. Thomas Hostetter, health department spokesman, said in a statement that eight of the individuals are from Beaver County and six are from Allegheny County. The number of people sickened has increased from June 15 when five individuals – three young children and two older adults – developed diarrhea and other symptoms after drinking pasteurized milk in glass bottles from the dairy, the health …