A recent outbreak of salmonella in San Diego County has been traced back to the consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk. At least 12 people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. In this post, we’ll discuss the details of this outbreak, the dangers of drinking raw milk, and how to prevent foodborne illness.
Details of the Outbreak:
- So far, 12 cases of salmonella have been reported in San Diego County residents. The cases occurred between late September and mid-October 2023.
- Ten of the cases reported consuming raw milk from a dairy in San Diego County. Two cases are still being investigated to determine the source.
- The strain involved is Salmonella Dublin, an uncommon and dangerous serotype.
- Those infected range in age from 5 to 73 years old. Two have been hospitalized with serious illness.
- State and county officials have issued warnings about consuming raw milk from the dairy. An investigation and testing of the dairy’s products is underway.
The Dangers of Raw Milk:
- Raw or unpasteurized milk may contain dangerous bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter, and others. These bacteria can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and sometimes death.
- Pasteurization kills these harmful pathogens while maintaining nutrients. There is no nutritional difference between raw and pasteurized milk.
- The only way to make raw milk safe is through pasteurization. Even milk from healthy animals raised in clean conditions can harbor pathogens.
Preventing Foodborne Illness:
- Heating foods like milk to recommended internal temperatures kills any bacteria present. Use a food thermometer when cooking.
- Avoid unpasteurized dairy products, including raw milk, soft cheeses made from raw milk, and raw milk yogurt.
- Wash hands and all cooking surfaces after handling raw meat, eggs, and unwashed produce.
- Refrigerate perishable foods promptly and use them within recommended time frames. Monitor fridge and freezer temperatures.
This salmonella outbreak is a reminder of the serious risks of consuming raw milk. Pasteurization exists for a good reason - to protect public health. For safe and nutritious milk options, choose pasteurized products from reputable sources.
Contact The Law Office of Elliott Kanter Today
If you or your loved ones have been affected by the salmonella outbreak in California, contact The Law Office of Elliott Kanter today. Lead attorney Elliott N. Kanter has served personal injury clients in San Diego for over 40 years and can help you navigate this time in your life. Contact him today for a free consultation through the website or by calling (619) 231-1883.