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Associated Press, Published June 08 2010

Southern Minnesota farmer denies responsibility for E. coli outbreak

ST. PAUL (AP) — A southern Minnesota dairy farm is disputing allegations that its unpasteurized milk caused a recent E. coli outbreak.

The Hartmann Dairy Farm says a state Department of Health investigation did not turn up any E. coli-tainted milk.

Five people got sick after consuming raw, unpasteurized milk or other dairy products from the farm in rural Gibbon. Three of the five victims were hospitalized and released.

A Health Department representative tells Minnesota Public Radio News that officials will review the farm's complaint.

In a statement last week, the department said that E. coli was found in several animals and at several sites at the Hartmann Farm. The statement said the strain of E. coli matches that found in the people who got sick.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.