Defective Food Items Comments Off on Orange County Children Sickened By Goat Milk
Three Orange County children were sickened after drinking some high-end, unpasteurized goat milk that came from a farm near the Central Coast.
According to news reports, public health officials say the children got food poisoning or campylobacteriosis infection from the raw goat milk produced by Claravale Farm.
One of the children had to be hospitalized.
In addition to these children, six people in Northern California were diagnosed with the sickness in March after drinking raw milk from the same Paicines farm.
The state initiated an investigation into Claravale Farms and forced them to issue a mandatory recall telling everyone to get rid of Claravale Farms products with the “March 28″ expiration date.
The milk apparently is not cheap.
State officials have cautioned the public against drinking raw, unpasteurized milk saying that there are a lot of germs in these products that could make people very sick.
However, Claravale Farms website states that raw milk is a great source of nutrients especially for children.
Symptoms & Dangers
Campylobacteriosis is among the most common forms of food poisoning in the United States.
Symptoms can range from diarrhea and lethargy that lasts for a day to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever that could last for several weeks.
Those affected usually experience symptoms within two to five days of getting in contact with the organism.
The illness is often associated with unpasteurized dairy products and water. It mostly affects young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning
There are some things that are out of your control. You cannot control how a restaurant prepares its food or a retailer processes or stores its products.
But, there are steps you can take to avoid food poisoning:
- Do not consume raw or unpasteurized dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese.
- Make sure that you wash your hands and utensils before cooking or serving your food.
- Ensure that all meat and poultry is cooked thoroughly before consuming.
- Clean your kitchen countertops and cutting boards to prevent cross contamination.
If you are suffering from a food-borne illness, get immediate medical attention and report your illness to the local health agency.
Contact an experienced Orange County food poisoning lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.
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