Raw milk recalled from Claravale Farm in Paicines

Ron Garthwaite, co-owner of Claravale Farms, holds bottles of raw milk that is distributed to natural food stores in the area in this 2008 file photo.

The state has ordered a recall of some Claravale Farm products after the discovery of bacteria that can cause illness, according to an announcement from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

The state announced the recall Friday through an order from State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford. The statewide recall and quarantine came after confirmed detection of the bacteria in raw cream at the Paicines area company. The recall affects raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced by Claravale Farm with code dates of “MAR 27,” according to the state.

The nearest grocery store that sells the product is People & Planet at 15750 Vineyard Boulevard, St. 170 in Morgan Hill.

On March 19, Claravale Farm voluntarily ceased distribution of its products after the state made a preliminary positive finding of the bacteria in raw cream. The stoppage affected goat milk, too.

No illnesses have been “definitively attributed” to the company’s products, but the state is doing an investigation of reported clusters of potentially related illnesses where consumption may have occurred. The state agency did not note the location of the clusters.

The illness is usually mild, but can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. It usually occurs two to five days after exposure and lasts about a week.

Claravale Farm’s owner Ron Garthwaite could not be reached immediately before press time.

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