The California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced a recall of raw milk produced at Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno county after Campylobacter bacteria was found in raw whole milk. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. A quarantine order has been announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones.
Organic Pastures Dairy brand Grade-A raw milk labeled with a code date of OCT 24 2015 is to be pulled from retail shelves. Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators. The bacteria was discovered as a result of product testing conducted as part of routine inspector and sample collection at the facility.
Products from Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno have been recalled before for possible Campylobacter contamination: in 2011 and 2012. And products from that dairy were linked to a Campylobacter outbreak in 2012 that sickened at least ten people. That dairy was also linked to an E. coli outbreak in 2011, which sickened five children.
The symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Most people recover, but some people can develop a serious, life-threatening infection. Others can have joint pain and swelling after infection. A disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome that can cause paralyzes can occur in the weeks after the initial illness.
If you purchased this recalled product, do not consume it. Discard in a sealed or double bagged container so other people and animals can’t get at it, or return to the place of purchase for a refund.