Written by The Business Journal Staff
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced a recall of raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy near Kerman.
The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of salmonella bacteria in raw cream. No illnesses have been reported.
Organic Pastures raw milk, raw skim milk and raw cream labeled with a code date of May 18 is to be pulled immediately from retail shelves, and consumers are strongly advised to dispose of any remaining product.
The bacteria was found as part of a routine inspection and sample collection at the facility by state inspectors.
Organic Pastures owner Mark McAfee said in a Facebook post that samples from the same lot of milk sent to a third-party, state approved laboratory tested negative for salmonella. He told the Fresno Bee he suspects the problem arose from eggs McAfee was distributing for another farmer.
The dairy has had several recalls over the last decade related to suspected outbreaks of E. coli, Campylobacter and Listeria.