September 1, 2015

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk in TN

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The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is investigating multiple gastrointestinal disease reports among people who consumed raw milk before they got sick. Two cases of cryptosporidiosis have been confirmed in people who live in the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Region. Both cases are associated with raw milk consumption from a dairy cow share program. In the last few months, other individuals have been interviewed about sporadic cases of Campylobacter and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), who also drank raw milk from different sources. TDH Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehener said, "Consuming raw milk in the belief it's healthier than pasteurized milk is a perilous risk that shakes off the possibility of a range of serious and occasionally fatal illnesses for the individuals and … [Read more...]

CDC: Raw Milk Caused 85 Percent of Dairy Outbreaks in 2013

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Raw milk products were the source of 85 percent of all food poisoning outbreaks linked to dairy products in 2013, according to report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  A total of 20 dairy outbreaks were reported that year for which pasteurization information was available. Of those, 17 were linked to unpasteurized products. The other three were Listeria outbreaks linked to pasteurized soft cheeses. Campylobacter was the most common bacterial source of the raw milk outbreaks causing nine outbreaks, 114 illnesses and five hospitalizations. In the last nine months, there have been at least three Campylobacter raw milk outbreaks. The most recent outbreak has been linked to raw goat milk from Claravale Farms. Three children, all under the age of 5, have been … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Farmer Points Out Great Reason to Avoid Raw Milk

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Raw goat milk produced by Claravale Farms in San Benito County has been linked to a Campylobacter outbreak that has sickened three small children, hospitalizing one of them. The outbreak follows to previous recalls for Campylobacter in raw dairy products from the farm, one in April 2105 and one in April 2012. The farm's website does not mention the current outbreak. But it does have news updates about the April recall. One of them states: "We have been cleared by the CDFA to sell milk again and are now back in the stores and farmers markets. Our problem turned out to be a single cow with Campylobacter living in the milk in her udder... So what these results mean is that the problem was in no way connected to our milking or processing procedures or our cleanliness standards or any other … [Read more...]

Most Food Poisoning Outbreaks Not Made Public

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is out with a new report about food poisoning outbreaks in 2013. There were 818 food poisoning outbreaks that year, 26 of them were multistate, but only seven of those appearing on the list were made public in 2013. The CDC defines an outbreak as two or more illnesses caused by the same source. The 818 outbreaks resulted in 13,360 illnesses, 1,062 hospitalizations, 16 deaths and 14 recalls. The 26 multistate outbreaks resulted in 1,530 illnesses, 403 hospitalizations and seven deaths.  The seven multistate outbreaks that the CDC made public in 2013, resulted in 1,092 illnesses, 313 hospitalizations and two deaths. Comparing the multistate outbreaks listed in the new report to those disclosed is a little tricky. On its website, the … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Undercooked Liver Pâté

Undercooked chicken liver in restaurant pâté was the source of a January 2014 Campylobacter outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This is the second time a multistate outbreak of campylobacteriosis has been linked to undercooked chicken livers. Two Oregon restaurants were involved in the outbreak that sickened five people. Tests on chicken livers taken from the restaurants were positive for the same strain of Campylobacter found in a culture from one of the patients. Three of the patients, ages  31–76,  were women. Two of the patients were from Ohio and visited an Oregon restaurant, two patients who dined at a second restaurant were from Oregon. A fifth case was discovered in Washington state. That patient had been advised by a naturopathic … [Read more...]

Second Campylobacter Scare for Claravale Farm

Almost three years to the day after the California Department of Food and Agriculture issued a recall of Claravale Farm raw milk products for possible Campylobacter contamination, it issued another one. Both times there had been reports of illness that "weren't definitively linked to the products." Both times the recall was for raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced at San Benito County farm. Retail sales of raw milk are legal in California if the the farm is licensed. Claravale Farm does have a license. Campylobacter infections are commonly associated with raw milk. Campylobacter is a pathogen that is transfered via the fecal-oral route, meaning those who develop Campylobacter infections have ingested microscopic amounts of animal feces. Pasteurization kills … [Read more...]

Claravale Raw Milk Recalled for Campylobacter; Outbreak Possible

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The California Department of Public Health is recalling raw milk, raw nonfat milk, and raw cream produced by Claravale Farm of San Benito County. This farm was the source of a Campylobacter outbreak in 2012 that sickened at least 22 people. Public health officials are also investigating reported clusters of Campylobacter illness in the area. A statewide recall has been issued and a quarantine order was issued by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. A confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria was found in raw milk and raw cream collected from the farm. Consumers are urged to throw away any of this farm's milk products in their refrigerators that have code dates of "MAR 28" and earlier. Discard in sealed containers so other people and animals can't drink it. The samples … [Read more...]

Durand Dairy Denies Raw Milk Sickened Football Team

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The owners of a farm linked to a raw milk Campylobacter outbreak that sickened dozens of students and coaches who attended a football banquet in Durand, Wisconsin agreed to have their Grade A permit suspended for 30 days, but deny their milk was the source of the outbreak. Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) announced the farm's permit would be suspended for 30 days because of its link to the outbreak. The farm must abide by terms of an agreement with the ag department or face further penalties. Roland and Diana Reed pleaded no contest to a charge of distributing unpasteurized milk and maintain that outbreak was caused by other food served at the banquet. But health officials say the outbreak strain found in stool samples taken … [Read more...]

Most Campylobacter Outbreaks Caused by Dairy or Chicken

Most Campylobacter outbreaks are caused by contaminated chicken or dairy products, according to a new federal study by the Food Safety Analytics Collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The study was conducted to provide information that can be used to develop better food poisoning prevention measures. Of the 952 outbreaks attributed to one pathogen during the 14-year study period, 161 were Campylobacter outbreaks. Dairy products were the source of 106, or two thirds, of all Campylobacter outbreaks.  Chicken was the source of 24 of them. Vegetable row crops, seven.  Turkey and seafood were each the source of five. Seeded vegetables, three. Beef, fruit and poultry … [Read more...]

After Campylobacter Raw Milk Outbreak, Wisconsin Farm Penalized

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After being linked to a raw milk Campylobacter outbreak that sickened dozens of students and coaches who attended a football banquet in Durand, Wisconsin, the owners of a Pepin County dairy will have their Grade A permit suspended for 30 days, according to the The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP). Roland and Diana Reed, the owners of a Arkansaw, Wis. farm, served raw milk at a potluck dinner for the Durand High School football team in September and did not tell attendees that the milk was unpasteurized. Thirty three students and five coaches  who drank the milk were sickened with Campylobacter infections. Ten of them were hospitalized. Campylobacter in manure samples taken form the farm matched tthe strain found in those who were sickened, … [Read more...]

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