Raw goat milk produced and packaged by Valley Milk Simply Bottled in Stanislaus County has been recalled and quarantined statewide after testing products found Campylobacter jejuni.
Quarantine order came California veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones was sampled and tested by the California Department of Food and Agriculture after confirming detection of the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni in packaged raw whole goat milk on the farm .
Valley Milk Simply Bottled is located in Modesto. Milk from the Modesto dairy farm is shipped to more than 25 locations in California each week, according to the company’s Facebook page. Federal law prohibits the interstate transportation and sale of raw dairy products.
- raw goat milk Comes in half-gallon (64-ounce) plastic jars and labeled “Valley Milk Simply Bottled Raw Sheep Milk.”
- The recall order applies to products marked on the container with an expiration date from September 28, 2022 to October 1, 2022.
Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product left in the refrigerator. Current orders do not include raw milk or raw goat milk from the farm.
As of the time of this recall, no illness has been reported.
About Campylobacter infection
Campylobacter infection usually presents with diarrhea (often bloody), fever, and stomach cramps. Diarrhea may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually begin two to five days after a person ingests Campylobacter and last for about a week.
Sometimes Campylobacter infection can cause complications such as irritable bowel syndrome, temporary paralysis and arthritis.
In people with weakened immune systems, such as those with blood disorders, AIDS, or undergoing chemotherapy, Campylobacter can occasionally spread into the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.
Campylobacter infection symptoms can mimic other diseases. The diagnosis is made when laboratory tests detect Campylobacter in stool, body tissues or fluids. The test can be a culture that isolates the bacteria or a rapid diagnostic test that detects the genetic material of the bacteria.
Most people recover from Campylobacter infections without antibiotic treatment. Patients should drink plenty of fluids as long as the diarrhea persists.
Some people with or at risk of serious illness may require antibiotic treatment. These include people 65 or older, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as those with blood disorders, HIV, or chemotherapy.
Certain types of antibiotics may not work with certain types of Campylobacter. When antibiotics are needed, health care providers can use laboratory tests to help determine which type of antibiotic is likely to be effective. People taking antibiotics should take them exactly as directed and tell their healthcare provider if they don’t feel well.
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