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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Schools, hospitals received cucumbers recalled for Salmonella

Thousands of public school students, as well as hospital patients, may have been served fresh cucumbers that are under recall because of potential Salmonella contamination. “Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for certain lots of cucumbers, delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield, due to potential salmonella contamination,” according to a notice posted… Continue Reading

CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

Raw milk producer says state’s testing method is the problem

The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. The 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in… Continue Reading

Salmonella in Organic Pastures raw cream spurs another recall

Organic Pastures Dairy Co. of Fresno, CA, is again recalling its raw milk products because of contamination with pathogens. This time California inspectors found Salmonella bacteria in the company’s raw cream. No illnesses had been linked to the unpasteurized, raw cream as of the posting of the May 9 recall notice by the California Department… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues

California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Recalled in California for Campylobacter Contamination

Raw milk produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County, with a code date of OCT 24, is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria in raw whole milk. No illnesses have been reported at… Continue Reading

Investigation Underway for Bovine Tuberculosis Case in CA

Agriculture officials in California are currently investigating cases of bovine tuberculosis in a dairy cow herd first reported last Wednesday. The bacteria that causes bovine tuberculosis (TB) can spread to humans via raw milk, but the cow belonged to a dairy in Tulare County which pasteurizes all of its milk, thus eliminating the risk of… Continue Reading