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California Orders Recall of Claravale Farm Raw Milk

Lab tests have confirmed the presence of Campylobacter bacteria in raw cream from Claravale Farm in California, according to state officials who have quarantined and issued a statewide recall notice for all the raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced by the San Benito County dairy.

“Consumers are strongly urged to discard any raw milk products in their refrigerators with code dates of March 27 and earlier, and retailers are to to pull those products immediately from their shelves,” said California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford.

In the announcement Friday, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) officials said the state Department of Public Health is continuing to conduct an epidemiological investigation into a cluster of Campylobacter infections, although no illnesses have yet been conclusively linked to Claravale raw milk.

Food Safety News reported earlier this week that authorities are investigating at least nine cases of campylobacteriosis associated with consumption of unpasteurized milk products from Claravale Farm. Many of those sickened are children.

Claravale Farm voluntarily stopped distributing its raw cow and goat milk products this week after the CDFA made a preliminary finding of Campylobacter in the dairy’s raw cream.

In February, Claravale also temporarily halted milk sales as CDPH began investigating the possibility that some of its products were contaminated with Campylobacter.

Claravale Farm is one of two state-licensed commercial raw milk dairies in California. Organic Pastures, the state’s other major raw milk dairy, is implicated in a 2011 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened five children and a 2006 E. coli outbreak in which six children were infected.

All milk is susceptible to becoming contaminated, especially from manure, which can carry a wide variety of germs, including E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter. Heat treating milk — pasteurization — provides a significant measure of safety from these harmful bacteria.

Raw milk products account for about one percent of dairy production in the U.S., but raw milk dairies are linked to 60 percent of milk-related disease outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that raw milk and raw milk products are 150 times more likely than their pasteurized counterparts to sicken those who consume them.

States that permit raw milk sales have more than twice as many illness outbreaks as states where raw milk sales are not legally allowed, the CDC said.

Since January 2007, the end of the CDC’s review, there have been at least 56 more foodborne illness outbreaks linked to raw milk. In 2010 ad 2011, unpasteurized dairy products were associated with 21 outbreaks and 201 illnesses, compared with two outbreaks and 39 illnesses caused by pasteurized dairy products.

Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever that typically lasts one week. Some infected persons do not have any symptoms.

About one in every 1,000 reported Campylobacter illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which can result in paralysis. According to CDC estimates, as many as 40 percent of GBS cases in the U.S. may be triggered by campylobacteriosis.

A Campylobacter outbreak involving raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy this year sickened at least 80 people.

© Food Safety News
  • deputydog

    I know people who have consumed raw milk for years with no illnesses and are amazed at how their allergies have disappeared. The benefits of raw milk are often due to the presence of live lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria and enzymes, both of which can be found in supplement form. Although I believe milk is a nutritious food source, I personally do not drink raw, organic or regular milk. I would rather eat other foods high in calcium and vitamin D3 then drink milk and increase my risk of cancer from rBGH, risk potential food borne illness from raw milk and support the dairy industry with their barbaric farming techniques.

  • According to a press release form the Kansas State Department of Agriculture, since 2007; there have been three outbreaks of disease associated with consumption of raw milk in Kansas. In October 2007, 68 people became ill due to consuming cheese made from raw milk at a Kansas community celebration. Laboratory tests confirmed the cause of this outbreak to be campylobacteriosis (see, About Campylobacter) an intestinal bacterial infection. In a separate outbreak in 2007, unpasteurized milk purchased from a single dairy was also implicated as the source of illness for 25 persons due to campylobacteriosis. More recently, reported in January 2012, 18 people became ill in an outbreak of campylobacteriosis associated with consumption of raw milk from a dairy in south central Kansas. Retail sales of raw milk are not allowed in Kansas; however, on farm sales are according to Real Raw Milk Facts.
    It is time to update the Outbreaks, Illnesses and Recalls Linked to Raw (Unpasteurized) and Pasteurized Dairy Products, United States January 2010 – March 2012 Chart.
    Outbreaks
    • 23 raw dairy outbreaks with 300 illnesses, no deaths (20 fluid raw milk, 2 aged raw milk cheese)
    • 2 pasteurized dairy outbreak with 39 illnesses, no deaths
    • 1 pasteurized Mexican-style cheese sporadic illness, no deaths
    • 2 queso fresco Mexican-style cheese outbreak with 67 illnesses, no deaths
    • 3 sporadic illnesses and hospitalizations from illegal Mexican-style cheese, no deaths
    Recalls (no illnesses reported)
    • 14 raw dairy (7 fluid raw milk, 7 aged raw milk cheese)
    • 7 queso fresco Mexican-style cheese
    • 8 pasteurized (non-queso fresco) cheese
    • 4 dairy product recalls due to inadequate pasteurization
    Keep current at Real Raw Milk Facts Dot Com.

  • While food safety is, of course, extremely important; reporting of data linking the consumption of raw milk to infections is very skewed. For example, you mentioned the recalls of Organic Patures’ milk in 2006 and 2011. After further inspection, their milk was found to be uncontaminated, hence there was no relationship found between the illnesses and OPD milk. In 2006 I believe they were awarded monetary damages for the unsubstantiated recall. That’s a pretty relevent piece of information.
    I think it’s also important to say, that even as of today, after 80 years of producing raw unpasteurized milk, Claravale dairy milk has never sickened anyone.
    And think about this:
    Based on data in a 2003 USDA/FDA report: Compared to raw milk there are 515 times more illnesses from L-mono due to deli meats and 29 times more illness from L-mono due to pasteurized milk.(Intrepretive Summary – Listeria Monocytogenes Risk Assessment, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Sept. 2003, page 17).
    and…
    pasteurized milk has caused many serious outbreaks of illness. In 2006 there were 52 confirmed cases of C. jejuni infections in California, in 1984, 3 outbreaks of S. tymphimuim (antimicrobial resistant) resulted in 16,284 confirmed cases of illness. And most recently, in 2007, three people died in Massachusetts from illness caused by contaminated pasteurized milk.
    That said, both pasteurized and raw milk have low rates of causing illness compared to fruits & veggies (719 illness in 15 outbreaks) and salad (1104 illnesses in 21 outbreaks)MMWR Mar 2, 2000:49(SS01);1-51…and that was just in 1997.
    I think an honest look at the infections really caused by raw milk (not the accusations lobbed at them that did not stick) compared to the pathogens and illnesses caused by pasteurized milk, vegetables and meat…you will find that raw milk is relatively safe.

  • And, don’t forget they Family Cow Raw Milk Outbreak:
    From the Pennsylvania Department of Health
    80 total Campylobacter cases
    70 in PA
    5 in MD
    2 in NJ
    3 in WV

  • Kristin, the FACTS linking Organic Pastures to both the 2006 and 2011 E. coli outbreaks, as well as other recalls is overwhelming. Here are just a few links:
    http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/final-report—organic-pastures-raw-milk-linked-to-2001-e-coli-outbreak/
    http://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/why-would-you-buy-raw-milk-from-mark-mcafee-of-organic-pastures/
    http://www.marlerblog.com/lawyer-oped/organic-pastures-dairy-e-coli-o157h7-raw-milk-product-outbreak-2006/
    http://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/raw-milk-myth-1—organic-pastures-2006-raw-milk-outbreak-was-caused-by-spinach/
    http://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/organic-pastures—where-there-is-smoke-there-is-fire/
    Here is a summary:
    (1) Current outbreak — 5 sick children
    Raw milk products from a Fresno-based dairy (Organic Pastures) were quarantined Tuesday night after being linked five children who developed E.coli O157:h7 infections, including 3 children who acquired a deadly blood disease (HUS) allegedly from the dairy products:
    http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/press_releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=11-064
    (2) This raw dairy has been involved in recalls and outbreaks
    Organic Pastures products were recalled for pathogens in 2007 and 2008. It was tied to a 2007 outbreak of Campylobacter. Most notably, it wasquarantined in 2006 after 6 children became ill with E. coli infections. This is the state report from 2006:
    http://www.marlerblog.com/rawmilk(1)(1)(1)(1).pdf
    The state report from the 2006 E. coli outbreak shows clearly that the dairy had very high coliform counts, an indirect measure of fecal contamination. Its “colostrum” products had extremely high levels. From page 6 of the report: “Colostrum and chocolate colostrum had fecal coliform counts ranging from 320,000 to 140,000,000 MPN/g.”
    2006: 3 strains of E. coli O157:H7 cultured from OPDC heifer feces
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5723a2.htm
    2007: 50 strains of Campylobacter jejuni plus Campylobacter coli, Campylobacter fetus, Campylobacter hyointetinalis, and Campylobacter lari cultured from OPDC dairy cow feces.
    http://www.marlerclark.com/pdfs/ClusterofCampylobacterinfectionsrawmilkEpi22007.pdf
    2007: Listeria monocytogenes cultured from Organic Pastures Grade A raw cream
    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2005/ucm112271.htm
    2008: Campylobacter cultured from Organic Pastures Grade A raw cream
    http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=08-061

  • mrothschild

    As is the case in most disease outbreaks involving perishable foods, the milk tested in the 2006 and 2011 Organic Pastures outbreaks was not the same milk as the suspect batches, which were long gone by then.
    There generally is significant lag time between someone consuming contaminated food, developing symptoms of illness, confirming the illness diagnosis by lab tests of stool specimens, the health departments’ recognition that more than one person is ill and the start of the outbreak investigation. By then, the contaminated or suspect food, especially one with a brief shelf life, simply isn’t available to test.
    But absence of proof is not proof of absence, and the 2006 OP outbreak was solved through the epidemiologic investigation. The E. coli strain in 4 of the 6 children was a genetic match, and all the children had been exposed to Organic Pastures milk. In addition, the total coliform and fecal coliform counts were very high in the current samples of OP milk tested.
    Likewise, in the latest 2011 Organic Pastures outbreak, stool specimens from the 5 boys sickened showed genetically identical E. coli O157:H7 strains and all had consumed OP unpasteurized milk. The outbreak strain was isolated in environmental samples from the dairy. Again, the epidemiologic evidence is undeniable and the California Department of Public Health has said the boys illnesses are conclusively linked to OP raw milk.
    In each of these outbreaks, some of the victims developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and suffered horribly. A few nearly died. They all face the potential of a lifetime of health difficulties.
    In the 2007 Whittier Farms outbreak in Massachusetts, in which 3 people died from Listeria infection after drinking pasteurized milk, contamination of the milk undoubtedly occurred after pasteurization because pasteurization kills Listeria. All foods, including fruits and vegetables, can be risky if improperly handled. Deli meats, as you point out, are especially dangerous if improperly handled after processing but before packaging, because they are marketed as ready-to-eat and therefore won’t be cooked again. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria grows and multiplies under refrigeration, so it’s potentially lethal if it gets into hot dogs, lunch meats, milk and cheese or, as we learned last summer, cantaloupes.
    Skewing the data occurs when you cite the total number of infections caused by particular foods and then try to argue that salad actually causes more illnesses relative to raw milk, or that pasteurized milk causes more illnesses relative to raw milk.
    Considering that nearly everyone eats fruits and salads and that the majority of people drink pasteurized milk, while only a tiny fraction of the population drink raw milk, the number of illnesses caused by contaminated raw milk compared with the number of illnesses caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables or pasteurized milk shows that raw milk is, in fact, much riskier, as well as relatively unsafe.

  • Here is some data just from the last few years:
    Outbreaks
    • 24 raw dairy outbreaks with 309 illnesses, no deaths (21 fluid raw milk, 2 aged raw milk cheese) • 2 pasteurized dairy outbreak with 39 illnesses, no deaths
    • 1 pasteurized Mexican-style cheese sporadic illness, no deaths
    • 2 queso fresco Mexican-style cheese outbreak with 67 illnesses, no deaths
    • 3 sporadic illnesses and hospitalizations from illegal Mexican-style cheese, no deaths
    Recalls (no illnesses reported)
    • 14 raw dairy (7 fluid raw milk, 7 aged raw milk cheese) • 7 queso fresco Mexican-style cheese
    • 8 pasteurized (non-queso fresco) cheese
    • 4 dairy product recalls due to inadequate pasteurization
    Download the PDF – Outbreaks, Illnesses and Recalls Linked to Raw (Unpasteurized) and Pasteurized Dairy Products, United States 2010 – present – http://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/if-you-think-raw-milk-is-in-the-news-a-lot—you-are-right/

  • MICHELLE OLIVER

    I depend heavily on raw dairy for my nutrition. Raw dairy has helped me regain my health, regrow my hair, clear up my skin, stabilize my weight and as such is something I have become very passionate about. It’s time the truth came out about the many perils of pasteurized and processed milk by big dairy facilities.
    I understand that there is a lot of pressure on lawmakers to shut down raw dairy because of special interests that have nothing to do with the health of average folks. I’m one more middle-aged housewife who cares about this issue and wants to be see raw dairy continue to be available.
    Let’s put more focus on delivering raw dairy safely instead of trying to shut down a very valuable source of nutrition.

    • Justin

      Hi Michelle, how often do you drink raw milk and how long did it take for you to realize these benefits?

  • Mary Rothschild

    As is the case in most disease outbreaks involving perishable foods, the milk tested in the 2006 and 2011 Organic Pastures outbreaks was not the same milk as the suspect batches, which were long gone by then.
    There generally is significant lag time between someone consuming contaminated food, developing symptoms of illness, confirming the illness diagnosis by lab tests of stool specimens, the health departments’ recognition that more than one person is ill and the start of the outbreak investigation. By then, the contaminated or suspect food, especially one with a brief shelf life, simply isn’t available to test.
    But absence of proof is not proof of absence, and the 2006 OP outbreak was solved through the epidemiologic investigation. The E. coli strain in 4 of the 6 children was a genetic match, and all the children had been exposed to Organic Pastures milk. In addition, the total coliform and fecal coliform counts were very high in the current samples of OP milk tested.
    Likewise, in the latest 2011 Organic Pastures outbreak, stool specimens from the 5 boys sickened showed genetically identical E. coli O157:H7 strains and all had consumed OP unpasteurized milk. The outbreak strain was isolated in environmental samples from the dairy. Again, the epidemiologic evidence is undeniable and the California Department of Public Health has said the boys illnesses are conclusively linked to OP raw milk.
    In each of these outbreaks, some of the victims developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and suffered horribly. A few nearly died. They all face the potential of a lifetime of health difficulties.
    In the 2007 Whittier Farms outbreak in Massachusetts, in which 3 people died from Listeria infection after drinking pasteurized milk, contamination of the milk undoubtedly occurred after pasteurization because pasteurization kills Listeria. All foods, including fruits and vegetables, can be risky if improperly handled. Deli meats, as you point out, are especially dangerous if improperly handled after processing but before packaging, because they are marketed as ready-to-eat and therefore won’t be cooked again. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria grows and multiplies under refrigeration, so it’s potentially lethal if it gets into hot dogs, lunch meats, milk and cheese or, as we learned last summer, cantaloupes.
    Skewing the data occurs when you cite the total number of infections caused by particular foods and then try to argue that salad actually causes more illnesses relative to raw milk, or that pasteurized milk causes more illnesses relative to raw milk.
    Considering that nearly everyone eats fruits and salads and that the majority of people drink pasteurized milk, while only a tiny fraction of the population drink raw milk, the number of illnesses caused by contaminated raw milk compared with the number of illnesses caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables or pasteurized milk shows that raw milk is, in fact, much riskier, as well as relatively unsafe.

  • RobertWilliams

    RAW MILK IS BEING ATTACKED FOR FINANCIAL REASONS
    Raw Milk is a nuisance to the corporate dairy business. Corporate wants NO competition and they certainly don’t want competition from a higher quality product because over time, people move towards quality and corporate does NOT want that trend.
    The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is a corporate captured agency that (1) limits competition for insider corporations and (2) promotes the increased use of pesticides for privileged chemical companies in California.
    CDFA has been after Organic Pastures for years. They stop them from selling for many weeks and drag their feet to put them out of business, but CDFA has NEVER been able to show any actual problem with their milk. But that doesn’t stop their shills from continuing to repeat allegations that were totally disproved.
    Raw milk is good for most people. It aids the body to fight disease and it does many good things, especially for growing children.
    Pasteurized Homogenized milk has heated and chemically processed the natural ingredients, healthy enzymes, good bacterias, etc OUT of the milk, and it creates unnatural balances in the milk that is remaining that challenges many people’s bodies and makes plenty of others sick. Interesting how corporate has made “Lactose intolerant” sound like a deficiency in a person, when it really is most of the time a problem with the pasteurized milk.
    And for years, Corporate with CDFA assistance has been creating false representations of raw milk, to make people afraid of it, rather than recognizing its value in this life.
    CDFA is the agency that sprayed a level 3 toxin on nearly 1/2 million people, including children out in the open and children’s schools, etc in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. They have a PR department that makes their devious deeds sound nice, but they are NOT an organization that cares one bit about public health. But they do care about the public’s money and they work to corral most of it for their insider privileged corporate pukes.

  • Angelika

    Me and my 17 months old daughter were drinking 10 bottles (!) of the raw Claravale milk last week. All of the bottles had the expiration date of March, 27th. We are absolutely fine and healthy and nothing was wrong with the milk.

  • mara

    My son suffered from horrible eczema; after switching to raw milk it cleared up completely. We also drank the claravale milk labeled the 27th and have had no adverse effects.

    • Justin

      Mara, about how long did it take for your son’s eczema to begin to clear?

  • serena

    I have been a long time Claravale customer and I too had several bottles of the milk dated march, 27th and I have felt just fine. Look at all the atrocity’s being waged against small farms and farmers lately, it saddens me to see our food freedoms are under so much attack. Reading the comments here though does bring me hope that there are people that have their eyes open to what is going on or at least asking questions. In my opinion this recall is all propaganda for big Agriculture.

  • Regretful Dad

    My son drank raw milk from Claravale Farm and has been extremely
    sick with high fever, vomiting, terrible diarrhea and bloody stool. He has been diagnosed with Campylobacter poisoning. This has been one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives.

    • Laura Miklos

      It’s been recommended to never give raw milk to young children and young domesticated pets. Children seem to be the ones making headlines with illnesses from raw milk. There’s a reason why that recommendation was made.

  • Joshua Gaddis

    I’ve been drinking only raw milk for over 6 months now and I’ve never felt better. I usually only buy Claravale raw milk because I like that it comes only in glass bottles that I can return to Harvest House in Concord where I buy it and get a credit which makes it much less expensive than other raw milk. When I used to only drink dead, fake milk, (aka. pasturized/homogenized milk) I would frequently get diarrhea. When I switched to only raw milk I stopped getting diarrhea and I used to get really bad allergies every year from about March through July. It’s already the last day of March and I have had no allergies whatsoever. My wife can’t believe it. I refuse to buy the dead, fake, feces, pus and blood laden, white colored liquid that Big Agra and the FDA try to pass off as milk. I will continue to only buy and only drink raw milk for the rest of my life.

  • Joshua Gaddis

    Regarding the comments on here by this Bill Marler character, there are many big problems with them. All the links he gives are to government bureaucracies like the CDC, FDA, CDFA and the CDPH, all of which have completed proved time and time again to be absolutely corrupt and morally and ethically deficient. I can trust these government corporate whores as far as I can throw them. You cannot trust people or groups who have a long history of being pathological liars. To take anything a government bureaucracy states with anything more than a grain of salt is pure stupidity and naive. As far as this Bill Marler fellow himself, I looked him up on the web. He is none other than a career personal injury and product liability lawyer who makes a living by suing companies for millions of dollars a piece. Ask yourself if you think he might have a personal financial interest in siding with big government who wants to fully control every aspect of your life and tell you what you can and cannot put into your own body so he can put together another case to bring to the courts for his own financial gain while you lose more of your freedoms. Interesting, don’t you think?

  • Joshua Gaddis

    Here’s another interesting factoid. I just did a little bit of digging and found another anti raw milk, anti food freedom, pro Big Agra and pro big government website called http://www.realrawmilkfacts.com which is a blatant Big Agra propaganda arm attempting to instill deception based fear into the public to steer more consumers away from clean, healthy, superior quality raw milk producers and toward Big Agra, industrial, dead (pasteurized/homogenized) milk manufacturers. Who is this website funded by? None other than MarlerClark.(www.marlerclark.com) What is MarlerClark? MarlerClark is the career personal injury/product liability lawyer firm of which Bill Marler is a founder. This is the same guy making comments on this website’s comment section in an attempt to deceive readers by giving links to websites of known pathological liars like the CDC and FDA for example. These negative comments on here from seemingly different people against raw milk are looking more and more frivolous and ulterior motive driven by the minute.

  • Serena

    Bravo Joshua Gaddis!

  • Mary

    Joshua Gaddis: You must be a rocket scientist. Have you figured out who publishes Food Safety News yet? (hint: the publisher posts a column every Sunday).
    Pray tell us, why would a lawyer, who has helped many clients injured by poisoned raw milk get settlements to help defray the huge costs of their medical bills and deal with the costs of ongoing health problems, then go out of his way to help others avoid the pain of diarrheal pathogens?
    If such a lawyer was in it for the money, why wouldn’t that lawyer just sit back and wait for gullible neurotics like you to drink unpasteurized milk, which so easily gets contaminated with fecal poisons and makes people sick?
    Many people, including lawyers and public health officials, who try to warn others about the risks of drinking raw milk are not associated with Big Ag nor do they have any ulterior motives.
    They just have seen the excruciating agony of a small child near death from kidney failure from E. coli or a young adult with GBS paralysis from Campylobacter and hope they can prevent others from the horrible ordeal these raw milk victims have endured.

  • Rain

    I have been drinking raw dairy my entire life! I grew up on a raw goat dairy farm & continue to drink raw cow dairy daily. I am 31 years old and have never been sickened by raw milk. I did how ever get a life threatening salmonella infection along with 40 other people from a resturaunt in Beverly Hills, CA in August of 2007. I was hospitalized and thought I was going to die. It turned out to be from eggs laid with salmonella in them from a massive commercial chicken farm. Raw milk has never made me sick in over 30 years of life but animal products from commercial farms almost killed me!
    Pasteurized milk don’t not make people sick and it certainly doesn’t kill people in the way fruits, vegetables & eggs from these huge farms do!

  • Tiffany

    Gee Mary, freedom of speech still lives. No need to be rude in your own column.
    Pasteurized milk was served to me my whole life – well, up until I reached my early 20’s. I was very sick, horrible allergies, lactose intolerant. My doctor told me I could never, NEVER, have dairy products again.
    After 2 years, my allergies were completely gone. No more shots, no more medication. I knew it was from the milk.
    I missed milk big time and felt saddened that I couldn’t have it anymore. I started drinking rice milk, almond milk, etc. I got used to it, but it wasn’t the same.
    I’m 40 now. Went 20 years without drinking milk and I got tired of it. A couple months ago, I bought some raw milk…had a small glass and waited 24 hours. Nothing happened. I then drank a BIG glass of milk (20 years ago this would have doubled me over in major pain, cramps, heat flashes, nausea)…waited 24 hours, nothing.
    I can honestly say now, that I eat raw cheese, drink raw milk as much as I want and as often as I want.
    I love it! Anything we eat or drink carries a risk, but I find that it’s commercial farming that makes people more sick. If not doubled over in pain, then on other medications for the rest of their lives due to allergies, stomach problems, mental illness, fatigue, rashes, outbreaks, sleeplessness.
    It’s not raw, whole food that makes people sick – we’ve been eating raw, whole food since we were hunters/gatherers…we didn’t start getting sick until people started screwing with our food. Plain and simple people.
    Eat what you want, but don’t knock something thats been feeding the masses since before people settled down to farm.

  • Hello Tiffany. I just approved your comment for publication and realized that you must be referring to me as the author of a comment signed by a “Mary” on this news story (it’s not a column) I wrote two months ago. This “Mary” you suggest is rude is not me. Just as stories I write carry my byline, I use my full name on comments I make on this and any website.

  • Hello Tiffany. I just approved your comment for publication and realized that you must be referring to me as the author of a comment signed by a “Mary” on this news story (it’s not a column) I wrote two months ago. This “Mary” you suggest is rude is not me. Just as stories I write carry my byline, I use my full name on comments I make on this and any website.

  • disqus_QLIHf8HDRn

    I just ordered some raw milk from this dairy today. Hope it’s good. Had some raw milk from a small dairy in Santa Rosa and it was wonderful – better than any milk I have ever tasted.

    I think the issue with raw milk is the handling and storing. If I new the dairy was milking and distributing the milk that day, then I would be totally comfortable, but I do worry that it they use a FIFO system (first in, first out) so you may be getting milk that has been sitting in a refrigerator for a couple of days.

    Also wondered who is milking these cows, cleaning the udders, putting the lids on the bottles. Are they the same people who own the dairy? The further the process is from a responsible farmer, the more wary I get.

    Fred

    • Matthew

      I’ve visited Claravale. I saw the entire operation.The happiest cows I’ve ever seen in my life. They were like friendly dogs following us and demanding to be petted. Claravale is a family farm and is milked by the family. A helper bottles the milk. They clean and sterilize the equipment with each milking.

  • random_dude

    I have been using the milk these guys produce to make yogurt from. It is the only milk i found which makes this natural cream on top of the yogurt like the one we had on all yogurt brands when I was a kid. All other “safe” diaries are lying to us mixing their milk with with whatever is more profitable. I don’t need their price though. I need quality and Claravale delivers. I hope that this dirty politics doesn’t force them out of business.