California health officials say a sample of unpasteurized juice from High Hill Ranch in El Dorado County has tested positive for E. coli.
High Hill Ranch has voluntarily discontinued the production and sale of unpasteurized apple juice indefinitely. El Dorado County health officials are warning consumers to not drink and dispose of any unpasteurized apple juice purchased from High Hill Ranch on or after October 6, 2015.
The California Department of Public Health notified El Dorado County on October 29th that there were 13 people sickened in connection with the unpasteurized apple juice. Three of those cases were confirmed to be E. coli, and two additional patients were confirmed to have the bacteria later.
E. coli is caused by the Escherichia coli bacteria. People can get sick when they consume food or drink that is contaminated by the bacteria. Symptoms of E. coli illness typically include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and sometimes low-grade fever. The symptoms usually occur within 3-4 days after exposure, but can occur anywhere between 1 to 12 days after exposure.
Most people who get sick from E. coli recover within 5 to 7 days. Supportive care, such as making sure a person drinks plenty of liquids and gets rest are important for people with the illness. For severe cases, particularly in children, elderly people or those with underlying health problems, a health care provider should be consulted.
California health officials say no other High Hill Ranch products are being investigated. California health officials say High Hill Ranch continues to fully cooperate with local and state health officials during this ongoing investigation.
The Environmental Management Division conducts routine inspections of food establishments in El Dorado County. For questions about the program, or other questions about the current recall at High Hill Ranch, please contact Environmental Management at (530) 621-5300.