For the second time this month and the third time this year, Organic Pastures has issued a recall for organic raw milk. On May 23, the California State Veterinarian’s office announced that raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures has tested positive for Salmonella. The positive Salmonella test was a part of follow up testing after the second Organic Pastures recall, which was on May 9. All milk and cream products with a date code of June 1, 2016 has been subjected to the recall, and also may be subjected to a quarantine order. Recalled products were distributed to retail locations across the state of California. No cases of illness have been reported.
In addition to their two May recalls, Organic Pastures was also responsible for an outbreak of E. coli poisoning that sickened 10 people beginning in January. Many of those affected by the outbreak were children. There were several hospitalizations caused by the outbreak, as well as a few cases of HUS.
Health officials have warned that all products affected by the recall should be pulled from shelves and not consumed. The raw milk has the potential to cause a Salmonella infection. Cases of Salmonella poisoning produce symptoms within 72 hours after infection. Generally, a Salmonella infection will produce symptoms including nausea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramping. Those with certain risk factors, including the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems may be at an increased risk of developing a serious Salmonella infection. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.