California Ag Department Announces Recall of Raw Milk Products from Claravale Farm

March 26, 2012 06:23 AM

Consumers urged to dispose of raw dairy products due to bacterial contamination.

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture news release
Raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced by Claravale Farm of San Benito County is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford late last week. The quarantine order came following the confirmed detection of campylobacter bacteria in raw cream. 
Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators with code dates of "MAR 27" and earlier, and retailers are to pull those products immediately from their shelves.
On March 19, Claravale Farm voluntarily ceased distribution of its products after CDFA made a preliminary positive finding of campylobacter in raw cream. The stoppage of distribution included goat milk, as well. No illnesses have been definitively attributed to the products at this time. However, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is currently conducting an epidemiological investigation of reported clusters of campylobacter illness where consumption of raw milk products may have occurred.
According to CDPH, symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Most people with campylobacteriosis recover completely. Illness usually occurs 2 to 5 days after exposure to campylobacter and lasts about a week. The illness is usually mild and some people with campylobacteriosis have no symptoms at all. However, in some persons with compromised immune systems, it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection. A small percentage of people may have joint pain and swelling after infection. In addition, a rare disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome that causes weakness and paralysis can occur several weeks after the initial illness.

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Spell Check

3/26/2012 07:01 AM

  Keep an eye on this story and assume there's more than meets the eye. Raw Milk? The unvarnished truth is this is the first major occurrence of this kind in decades. The FDA is hard at work trying to "stamp out" Raw Milk production, processing and sales around the nation, even doing para-military style raids on facilities where there have been no reported outbreaks of anything. Traditional Dairy isn't really in any danger from this, it's simply another Market a Dairy Producer may opt to sell to, a profitable one that's Consumer demand driven. So, why shouldn't Dairy Farmers have as many Market options as possible? Beats me, but it sure seems the FDA and a couple of large Corporations aren't comfortable with the idea. Hey, if anyone ever produces some for sale around here, I'll likely buy it. More of the profits will go to the Farmer, who in turn, will circulate it back into the local economy. And the problem is?


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