A recall of Organic Pastures raw milk and cream was issued due to the risk of Salmonella food poisoning. The May 9, 2016 recall was announced by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
“Raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County with a code date of MAY 18 is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order. . . CDFA inspectors found the bacteria as a result of product testing conducted as part of routine inspection and sample collection at the facility.”
No illnesses have been reported at this time.
Salmonellosis is an infection caused by ingesting Salmonella bacteria, which colonize in the intestines. Symptoms of illness incluce diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and headache. They may last for 4 to 7 days, and it may take weeks to fully recover from a mild case. Severe salmonellosis can lead to meningitis, sepsis, respiratory failure and death.
Raw milk is not pasteurized (heated to kill bacteria). Because if this, raw milk and products made from it (like cream or cheese) can contain dangerous bacteria, including:
In some cases, these bacteria cause severe illness, including:
- sepsis (bacteria in the blood is transported to multiple organs);
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (cases paralysis, usually temporary, but sometimes permanent)
- hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) (kidney failure);
- thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP),;
- listeriosis meningitis.