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Raw milk gets first clear test

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 06:30 07/04/2014

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Timaru Village Milk is a step closer to reopening after receiving its first clear test since some raw milk customers fell ill last month.

Owner Stu Weir said the test arrived on Saturday and all that was needed was two more clear tests.

He said that to prevent a further outbreak of camplyobacter, which had affected at least seven people, a process of elimination was taking place.

Originally it was thought new cows introduced to the herd may have contributed but Weir was not so sure now.

To ensure the water supply was not causing contamination a UV filter had been installed.

Weir and his wife Andrea stopped selling raw milk on March 26 after tests showed contamination.

"We are looking forward to more clear tests. We have had great support from people," he said.

He said he could not put a date on when they would reopen but hoped it would be this week.

The Weirs were unaware of losing any consumers over the bacterial outbreak.

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- The Timaru Herald

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