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Experts: Listeria strain in SD milk not harmful one

Posted: Monday, Feb 3rd, 2014

PIERRE (AP) Experts say the listeria strain found in a sample of raw milk sold in South Dakota is not the one that often makes people sick, and raw milk proponents say attention brought to the case by state officials created undue negative attention.

The state Agriculture Department on Jan. 21 announced that a sampling of bottled raw milk from Brookings-based Jerseydale Farms tested positive for listeria. The agency cautioned the public that unpasteurized milk bought from the operation might contain harmful bacteria.

However, scientists told the Capital Journal that the listeria strain found in the milk listeria innocua is not the one that poses health threats. A different strain, listeria monocytogenes, is responsible for "99.9 percent" of listeria infections in people, said Russ Daly, a state public health veterinarian at South Dakota State University.

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