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Campylobacter Contamination Recall

Raw Milk Recalled for Campylobacter Contamination

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Campylobacter

Raw milk produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County, with a code date of OCT 24, is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones.
The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria in raw whole milk.
No illnesses have been reported at this time.

The Symptoms of Campylobacteriosis 

The illness is usually mild, and some people with campylobacteriosis have no symptoms at all. However, in some persons with compromised immune systems, it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection. A small percentage of people may have joint pain and swelling after infection. In addition, a rare disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome that causes weakness and paralysis can occur several weeks after the initial illness.

The FSA in Scotland advice on raw milk can be found here  Raw Milk Advice

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Campylobacter contamination is on the increase 110 fatalities a year. 220,000 hospital admissions from 460,000 cases this year alone.

Norovirus. Is antimicrobial resistance a potential apocalyptic challenge.
There is currently no treatment or cure for Norovirus – the body eventually fights the infection itself after a couple of days. However, even in instances where there are drugs available to kill viruses, it is getting more and more difficult to fight infection as bacteria and othermicro-organisms become more and more resistant to tried and tested antibiotics.
This ability is known as ‘antimicrobial resistance’ and, according to Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, is one of the biggest threats to future food safety. She refers to it as “as big a threat to the UK as terrorism” and calls it an “apocalyptic challenge.” It’s a commonly-held belief that, at the rate things are progressing, antimicrobial treatment for animals and humans will run out in the next 10 to 20 years. This means that antimicrobial resistance could potentially be transmitted through the food chain, as well as through the use of human and veterinary medicines.

Another food safety threat which was identified in the recent Food Manufacture Group’s safety conference was that of Clostridium difficile, especially a specific strain known as Clostridium difficile 078. This has also been linked to antimicrobial resistance and it is looking more and more likely that cases will begin to emerge as a result of overuse of antibiotics within the food chain

Allergens and the mislabelling of foods and takeaway foods. – food fraud. Coming soon to a restaurant, takeaway or supermarket near you.