California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford lifted a statewide quarantine Thursday on raw milk produced by Claravale Farm, while the state Department of Public Health said it is still conducting an epidemiological investigation of reported clusters of Campylobacter infection associated with consumption of unpasteurized milk products.
No illnesses have been definitively attributed to the San Benito County raw milk dairy.
In a news release, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said Claravale Farm has met state sanitation requirements and food safety regulations to clear its production, processing and packaging operations, which were temporarily halted on March 23 after CDFA tests detected Campylobacter in the dairy’s raw cream.
The CDFA then issued a recall and quarantine hold of Claravale products.
According to CDPH, symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Most people with campylobacteriosis recover completely. Illness usually occurs 2 to 5 days after exposure to campylobacter and lasts about a week. The illness is usually mild and some people with campylobacteriosis have no symptoms at all. However, in some persons it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection.