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Quarantine of raw milk products lifted

Raw CreamRaw CreamRaw milk products produced by Organic Pastures of Fresno County have been released from a statewide quarantine that began May 10.

California Department of Food and Agriculture imposed the quarantine in response to the detection of campylobacter bacteria in raw cream, and notification from the California Department of Public Health of reported campylobacter food-borne illnesses in at least 10 persons consuming Organic Pastures raw milk.

California Department of Public Health isolated campylobacter jejuni from six samples of the dairy’s raw cream, one sample of raw butter and four samples of cow manure from the milking herd. 
Organic Pastures was required to meet all sanitation requirements and comply with food safety regulations under state law before the quarantine could be lifted. During the quarantine, the facility was prohibited from producing raw milk products for the retail market.

Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures, disputed the public health findings, insisting the bacteria were never found in his raw milk.