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DPH, FDA Warn Public Not to Consume Unpasteurized Cream

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher,(502) 564-6786  

Organic Pastures Brand Linked to Illness

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is urging consumers to follow a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning statement not to consume unpasteurized cream labeled as “Organic Pastures Grade A Raw Cream.”

The cream, packaged in one-pint plastic bottles coded for Sept. 14-21, is marketed by Organic Pastures in Fresno, Calif., and may be contaminated with bacterium known as listeria monocytogenes. This organism can cause a serious and sometimes fatal disease called listeriosis, which is especially lethal in young children, elderly individuals and immune-compromised citizens.

“Healthy individuals may suffer from symptoms such as high fevers, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea,” said Guy Delius, acting director for the division of public health and safety. “Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Because there have been worldwide phone order sales for this product and possibly some in Kentucky, we wanted to make sure local families were aware of the withdrawal of this product, and that if purchased, it should not be consumed.”

The cream product was sold in retail stores throughout California and was also available worldwide via phone orders. This is an unpasteurized or “raw” dairy product. Pasteurization kills bacteria that are responsible for causing such diseases as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture issued an order to Organic Pastures to withdraw the raw cream product from retail distribution due to routine sampling detecting the presence of the bacteria.

Anyone who has consumed the product and has experienced any of the described symptoms should contact a doctor or health care professional immediately.

No illnesses have been reported to date. For more information about this issue or the dangers of consuming raw milk, contact Lewis Ramsey at (502) 564-3340.


Last Updated 9/26/2007