ROSEBURG, Ore.-- State health officials and Umpqua Dairy Products have issued a recall due to salmonella contaminations.
At least 23 people have been sickened and two have been hospitalized, officials said.
This outbreak has unfolded slowly and it was just recently that we were able to confirm the matching Salmonella strain in the Umpqua milk plant. The risk to consumers is very low. We have had approximately one illness reported for every million containers that Umpqua has sold during this period, said Paul Cieslak, M.D., Oregon Public Health Division.
He said the following numbers of people have been infected, by county: Douglas, 6; Marion, 3; Jackson, 3; Lane, 3; Linn, 3; Josephine, 2; Coos, 1; Deschutes, 1; and Klamath, 1. The median age of those sickened is 13 years.
The recall affects the following products purchased on or prior to Monday, Aug. 16, 2010:
Milk, half-and-half and cream with an expiration date of Sept. 5, 2010 under the Umpqua Dairy, Cascade, Great Value, Lady Lee, Market of Choice and Sherm s brand labels.
Buttermilk under the same brand labels with an expiration date of Sept. 10, 2010, or earlier.
Umpqua Dairy brand gallon orange juice and fruit drink with an expiration date of Sept. 15, 2010, or earlier.
Any fluid milk product stamped with a plant code 41-62.
Consumers should dispose of any remaining milk, orange juice or fruit drink, or return unopened products for a refund at the retail location of purchase.
Ice cream and other dairy products, including sour cream and cottage cheese, are not being recalled.
Umpqua Dairy has a toll-free number for questions, (888) 672-MILK (6455) or online at www.umpquadairy.com.