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Consumers urged to dispose of the bottled raw cow milk due to bacterial contamination
SACRAMENTO, May 02, 2023 – Raw whole cow milk produced and packaged by Raw Farm, LLC of Fresno County is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. The quarantine order came following the confirmed detection of the bacteria Campylobacter jejuni in the farm’s packaged raw whole milk sampled and tested by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The order applies to “Raw Farm Whole Raw Milk” distributed in half-gallon (64 oz) and gallon (128 oz) plastic jugs with a code date marked on the container of BEST BY 05/05/2023.
Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators, and retailers are to pull the product immediately from their shelves. The current order does not include other lots or products from Raw Farm, LLC.
CDFA found the campylobacter bacteria in a routine sample collected at the Raw Farm, LLC packaging facility. No illnesses have been reported.
Symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Most people with camplylobacteriosis recover completely. Illness usually occurs 2 to 5 days after exposure to campylobacter and lasts about a week. The illness is usually mild and some people with campylobacteriosis have no symptoms at all. However, in some persons with compromised immune systems, it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection. A small percentage of people may have joint pain and swelling after infection. In addition, a rare disease called Guillian-Barre syndrome that causes weakness and paralysis can occur several weeks after the initial illness.