Peninsula Dairy Plans to Continue After Infection

The owner of a Kasilof raw milk dairy plans to continue operations after the state health department has linked more than 30 cases of an infection to the farm.

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KENAI - The owner of a Kasilof raw milk dairy plans to continue operations after the state health department has linked more than 30 cases of an infection to the farm.

The Peninsula Clarion reports seven cases of campylobacter infection as of Friday have been confirmed in people who have associations with Peninsula Dairy. About 27 more have exhibited the symptoms - diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pains and fever. The infection can lead to death in children.

Selling raw milk is illegal. However, the dairy is a cow-share operation that sells shares of a cow that produces the milk, and that's legal.

Owner Kevin Byers says the health department has used "scare tactics" to try to shut down his dairy, but he won't go down without a fight.

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