Raw Milk Quarantine Lifted At California Farm

Sacramento, CA: A statewide quarantine on raw milk products from a Northern California dairy is over, though state health officials are still investigating.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Thursday lifted the ban on products from Claravale Farm of San Benito County, one of two raw milk dairies in the state.

The company voluntarily stopped distributing its products March 19 after tests showed campylobacter bacteria in its cream.

The bacteria can cause cramping and diarrhea. To date no illnesses have been attributed to the dairy's products; however, the state Department of Public Health is still testing to see whether reported clusters of campylobacter illnesses are tied to the non-pasteurized milk.

Tests recently conducted at the dairy show it meets state sanitation requirements to resume production and bottling.