After recurring rumors of an outbreak, raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced by Claravale Farm of San Benito County is now the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced today by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford. The quarantine order came following the confirmed detection of campylobacter bacteria in raw cream.
Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators with code dates of “MAR 27” and earlier, and retailers are to pull those products immediately from their shelves.
On March 19, Claravale Farm voluntarily ceased distribution of its products after the California Department of Food and Agriculture made a preliminary positive finding of campylobacter in raw cream. The stoppage of distribution included goat milk, as well. No illnesses have been definitively attributed to the products at this time. However, the California Department of Public Health is conducting an epidemiological investigation of reported clusters of campylobacter illness where consumption of raw milk products may have occurred.