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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

State says Organic Pastures raw milk caused outbreak

California officials say a January E. coli outbreak was caused by unpasteurized raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. because laboratory analysis shows the victims’ infections match a “very unusual” type of E. coli found at the dairy and in its products. Ten people, mostly children, are confirmed to have been infected with the outbreak… Continue Reading

Six kids sickened in outbreak linked to Organic Pastures raw milk

Four of six California children in a confirmed E. coli outbreak cluster drank unpasteurized raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. before becoming ill in January, state officials said Monday. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported lab tests show all six children had the same unique strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157…. Continue Reading

Organic Pastures recalls raw milk

A California dairy that sells USDA certified organic raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products is voluntarily recalling its whole milk — that expired on Jan. 23 and 26 — in collaboration with state officials. Fresno-based Organic Pastures Dairy Co. posted the recall on its website and Facebook page Thursday. The dairy has recalled products… Continue Reading

California Updates Warning About Domoic Acid in Some Shellfish Species

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood species caught along the California coastline which may contain high levels of domoic acid. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event. Advisories continue to be in place for: Consumers to avoid eating recreationally and commercially caught Dungeness… Continue Reading

13 E. Coli Illnesses in California Linked to Recalled Apple Juice

Investigation continuing into source of the bacteria

As of Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, there were 13 confirmed cases of E. coli O111 infection being linked to unpasteurized apple juice from High Hill Ranch near Placerville, CA. An investigation by state and county health and environmental officials is continuing into the source of the problem. According to the Sacramento County Department of Health &… Continue Reading

CA Issues Consumer Warning About Toxin Detected in Certain Crabs

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advised consumers not to eat Dungeness and Rock crabs caught in waters between the Oregon border and the southern Santa Barbara County line because dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin, have been detected in these crabs. CDPH reported that… 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

CDC Update: 4 Deaths, 767 Salmonella Cases in 36 States Linked to Cucumbers

Oct. 14 update: CDC has again updated the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to imported Mexican cucumbers. The latest case count is 767 people infected from 36 states (the state added to the list is Florida). There have been 157 hospitalizations so far, the agency stated. The Oct. 14 CDC update continues: Since the last update on… Continue Reading

Claravale Farm Raw Goat Milk Linked to Three Campylobacteriosis Cases

Health officials in Orange County, CA, have confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, CA. All three patients are young children younger than 5. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover. The raw goat milk was… Continue Reading