Aliquippa dairy to resume bottling milk after two bacteria shutdowns
WEST ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- A family-owned Aliquippa dairy will start selling milk through the dairy's store on Thursday after twice shutting down last year because of Yersinia bacteria that health officials said sickened at least 16 people.
The 180-year-old Brunton Dairy in Beaver County voluntarily stopped bottling milk from July 30 to Oct. 1 after state health and agriculture officials found the bacteria.
The dairy began bottling and selling milk again, only to stop producing milk Oct. 25. State agriculture officials now said a bacteria test that prompted the second shutdown was the result of a laboratory error.
Two people who claimed to be sickened have sued the dairy.
Herb Brunton, a partner in the dairy, said it's too soon to say when the dairy may resume home deliveries to 1,000 customers or sales through 25 retail outlets.