FRESNO – Fresno-based Raw Farm LLC has issued a product recall for its raw milk and cream products after consumers in San Diego and Orange County contracted salmonella.
Twelve cases were reported in San Diego and nine were reported in Orange County. There have been no cases reported in the Central Valley.
According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the recall, which was issued on Oct. 24, involves all fluid raw whole milk and raw heavy cream. The milk was distributed in 128 oz., 64 oz., and 32 oz. containers. The cream was distributed in 16 oz. containers.
Affected products have use-by dates from Oct. 11 to Nov. 6.
The products were distributed in multiple states to multiple retailers, including Bristol Farms, Clark’s Nutrition, Elliot’s Natural Foods, Erewhon Market, Frazier Farms Market, Jimbo’s, Lassen’s Natural Foods, Lazy Acres, Lunardi’s, Mother’s Market, Nugget Market and Sprouts Farmers Market.
CDPH recommends that these products should be discarded immediately.
Salmonella can cause bloody or watery diarrhea, fever, nausea, stomach cramps, headaches and vomiting. The onset of symptoms typically occur from six hours to six days after consuming contaminated products and can last from four to seven days.
RAW V PASTEURIZED
Most milk sold in stores has been pasteurized, which means the milk has been heated at high temperatures for a short period to kill germs. These include salmonella, listeria, e. coli and other bacteria.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers raw milk a health risk. Despite this warning, raw milk is legal in 14 states, including California. Because of the risk it poses to consumers, the FDA requires that raw milk products come with warning labels.
According to the Fresno County Department of Public Health, the Fresno County Environmental Health Dairy Program is responsible for inspecting and regulating Raw Farm.
All product recalls are voluntary and are the responsibility of the manufacturer.