A Fresno, CA dairy is now recalling raw milk products after an apparent E. coli outbreak sent three children to the hospital. California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford is calling on Organic Pastures dairy to pull its raw milk, butter, cream, colostrum and ‘Qephor’ from store shelves. The company sells nearly 2,500 gallons of raw milk a day throughout the state of California.
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What’s the problem?
November 26, 2011 – The California Department of Public Health is working with retailers statewide to remove Organic Pastures raw dairy products from store shelves after five children were found to be infected with a strain of E. coli that has been traced back to the company.
The outbreak of E. coli illnesses occurred in late August after the children drank raw whole milk from Organic Pastures. Three of the children were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that may lead to kidney failure.
“The California Department of Public Health investigated a cluster of five children infected by E. coli between August and October and determined the only common reported food exposure was to unpasteurized milk produced by the Organic Pastures Dairy,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County Public Health Officer. “This infection can be very serious in young children and it’s important that people dispose of any remaining Organic Pastures products in their refrigerators, with the exception of cheese that has been aged a minimum of 60 days.”
In addition to the statewide recall, Dr. Whiteford has announced a quarantine of Organic Pastures dairy. Until the source of the contamination has been determined, the company is not allowed to produce any raw milk products for the retail market.
E. Coli Food Poisoning
Escherichia coli (E. coli) are members of a large group of bacterial germs that inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals (mammals, birds). Signs and symptoms of E. coli food poisoning may include:
- severe stomach cramps and stomach tenderness
- diarrhea, watery at first, but often becoming very bloody
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year at least 2000 Americans are hospitalized, and about 60 die as a direct result of E. coli infection. A 2003 study estimated the annual cost of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses to be approximately $405 million, which included $370 million for premature deaths, $30 million for medical care, and $5 million for lost productivity.
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