Our law firm is investigating an outbreak associated with drinking Claravale Farm raw milk. The California Department of Public Health has reported six cases of illness. To date, six Northern California residents have been sickened. CDPH identified multiple bottles of Claravale Farm raw milk and raw cream that tested positive for Campylobacter bacteria. To date, there have been no deaths.
This farm was involved in another outbreak in 2012. CDPH looked at both raw milk and raw cream as possible sources of the illnesses.
An outbreak of campylobacteriosis in Wisconsin has been linked to drinking unpasteurized milk during a dinner for the Durand High School football team, according to the health department’s final report. At least 38 people were sickened. The investigation found the same strain of the bacteria that caused the illnesses in dairy cow manure on the farm that supplied the raw milk.
Forty-five people, many of them children, were sickened in Utah in an outbreak associated with drinking raw milk sold at Ropelato Dairy in Ogden. The health department found epidemiological evidence that most of the people sickened drank milk from this dairy in the days leading to onset of symptoms. Young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to contracting severe infections from tainted raw milk.
Raw milk and products made from it have been the source of a number of outbreaks in the United States.
Five people in Oregon and Ohio were sickened after eating chicken liver pâté. All of the case patients ate the tainted pâté in Oregon. Chicken livers are a high-risk food, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which cited a recent study that found up to 77 percent of chicken livers tested positive for Campylobacter (Noormohamed, Aneesa, and Mohamed K. Fakhr. “Incidence and antimicrobial resistance profiling of Campylobacter in retail chicken livers and gizzards.” Foodborne pathogens and disease 9, no. 7 (2012): 617-624).
An Oregon outbreak of infections has been linked to oysters from the Coos Bay Oyster Company of Charleston, Oregon. The company recalled all of its shucked oysters distributed to retailers and wholesalers in Oregon and California with sell-by dates from January 15 to February 17, 2014. These oysters were sold in 1/2 gallon, quart, pint and half-pint containers under the Coos Bay Oyster Co. label. It also recalled in-shell oysters with harvest dates from December 2013 to January 2014.