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State officials recall raw milk linked to illness

State agricultural regulators have issued a statewide recall on raw milk produced by Swan Bros. Dairy Inc. of Claremore because of a bacterial contamination issue, they announced late Monday.

Anyone who has purchased or received their raw milk products between April 9 and June 22 from the dairy is strongly urged to dispose of any remaining product, officials said.

The raw milk products, which could be infected with Campylobacter jejuni were sold in plastic half-gallons, gallons and pints directly from the company.

Recalled products include raw whole milk, raw 2% milk, raw skim milk and raw heavy cream sold in pints.

Officials said symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea — often bloody — and abdominal cramps and fever.

Officials said those symptoms could be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

They said most people with camplylobacteriosis recover completely after being ill.

They said the illness usually surfaces between two and five days after exposure to the bacteria and lasts about a week.

For most people, the illness is usually mild. However, it can become a serious, life-threatening infection for people with compromised immune systems or for those receiving chemotherapy, officials said.

Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry found Campylobacter jejuni bacteria in a sample it collected from the dairy, officials said.

Through late Monday, 10 individuals had tested positive for the bacterial infection from the products.

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