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Claravale Farm Recalls Raw Milk Due to Campylobacter Risk

863_CLARAVALE-FARM.jpgAccording to the Salinas Californian, 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 today by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford. 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 the California Department of Food and Agriculture 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 is conducting an epidemiological investigation of reported clusters of campylobacter illness where consumption of raw milk products may have occurred.

According to the 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.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    I wonder if Ron Paul has seen the Marler Blog regarding raw milk! Obviously not.
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  • LL

    More people have gotten sick from spinach yet they have no problem leaving THAT on the shelf. Or maybe we should take Aspirin off the shelf since at least 400 people a year die from overdose on just that one thing. Never mind the thousands dying from prescribed prescription drugs. You can die from just about anything and several other things have proven a lot more dangerous than raw milk. Paul, if you don’t want the choice to eat what you choose, eat some E. Coli FDA approved spinach and join the Darwin Awards club so the rest of us can.

  • dr butterweck

    Pasteurization ( non raw milk) does not always have all the pathogens eliminated, It is relatively safe according to US standards. Nothing is absolute safe. If sufficient testing is done, one could drink raw milk and probably not get sick. That is the reason some States allow the sale of raw milk. What about viruses and spores and toxins? Under currently standards, it is deemed relatively safe with or with out pasteurization,