Organic Pastures of Fresno County is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Breitmeyer and reported on KSEE-TV NBC 24 Fresno.
The recall states that all Organic Pastures whole and skim raw milk is to be pulled from retail shelves immediately. Consumers are being strongly urged to throw away any milk remaining in their refrigerators.
Organic Pastures is not permitted to produce raw milk for the retail market until further notice. The order also affects raw ice cream and raw colostrum, also produced by the company.
The quarantine was issued after a report of raw milk causing a bacterial illness in a 10-year old girl from San Bernardino County. An investigation by the California Department of Health Services detected two additional bacterial illnesses in children consuming raw milk. One was a 7-year old boy from Riverside County, the other an 8-year old San Diego County girl.