On May 10, the California Department of Food and Agriculture issued a quarantine and recall of all Organic Pastures raw milk, raw skim milk, raw cream and raw butter after samples of raw cream tested positive for Campylobacter.
At least 10 people have been diagnosed with confirmed Campylobacter infections after consuming raw milk products produced by the farm. Those sickened range in age from nine months to 38 years old, six of them are children.
In 2011, a total of nine foodborne illness outbreaks linked to raw milk products sickened 123 people, according to information from state health and agriculture departments. So far this year, five raw milk outbreaks have sickened 142 people. They are:
January – A Campylobacter outbreak linked to an unnamed farm in central Kansas that sickened 18 people.
January – A Campylobacter outbreak linked to The Family Cow Farm in Chambersburg, Penn. that sickened more than 80 people. This outbreak was one of the five largest raw milk outbreaks in the nation since 1998.
March – An E.coli raw milk outbreak linked to Stroupe Farm in Missouri that sickened 13 people at least two of whom were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
April – An E. coli outbreak linked to Foundation Farm in Oregon that sickened 19 people, four of whom were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
May – The current outbreak of Campylobacter linked to Organic Pastures in California that has sickened at least 10 people.
Although Campylobacter was found in raw milk produced at Claravale Farm in California, no specific illnesses have been scientifically tied to that finding so we have not included this incident in the total. However, there was a cluster of Campylobacter infections in the area at the time, but the investigation by state officials is not complete.