Organic Pastures raw cream ordered recalled


FRESNO

 

September 11, 2008 2:53pm

Source of Article:  http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=9801

 

  State says consumers should throw it out

  Bacterial contamination is reason

  Updated at 4:12 p.m. with comments from dairy


Grade A raw cream produced by Organic Pastures of Fresno County – a product with the code date SEP 12 — is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Breitmeyer.

The quarantine order came following the detection of campylobacter bacteria in the cream, CDFA says. The detection was confirmed Thursday morning, it says.

“It’s way past any time when anyone would have become sick. There’s been no reported illness,” says Mark McAfee, CEO and founder of the dairy company.

“What we find very puzzling is that the milk that the cream came from tested negative for campylobacter,” he says.

The dairy company wants CDFA to review the sampling and testing.

“We just found out from our creamery staff that [CDFA] came out on the 28th and said they had ‘mixed up’ where the samples had been sent. These samples are very sensitive to temperature. We’ve asked the CDFA for an internal investigation,” Mt. McAfee says.

Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of food-borne illness in the United States. At this point, no illnesses have been reported. People with symptoms who consumed this product should consult their physicians.

Under the recall, Organic Pastures Grade A raw cream labeled with a SEP 12 code date is to be pulled immediately from retail shelves and consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators.

All current OPDC product date codes are free to be sold and consumed without restriction, the company says.

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