A Tenino dairy’s raw milk products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause severe intestinal distress.
The Cozy Vale Creamery’s whole and skim milk and cream are distributed through seven retail outlets in Pierce, Thurston and King counties.
The products being recalled all have sell-by dates of Dec. 6 or earlier. The company advised buyers to return the suspect milk products to the retailer where they bought it for a refund.
The recall was begun after Washington State Department of Agriculture environmental swabbing at the facility discovered that locations in the milking parlor and processing areas were contaminated with toxin-producing E. coli bacteria. Cozy Vale and agriculture department are continuing their investigation into the source of the problem. Three illnesses have been reported in Cozy milk customers since August.
The infections may cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stools. Symptoms generally appear three to four days after exposure, but can take as long as nine days to appear. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider, the dairy advised.
The dairy said the infection sometimes causes hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious
disease in which red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. Infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.
Recalled raw milk products were sold from the on-farm store at 7018 Churchill Road, in Tenino and from the following locations:
Marlene’s Market, 2951 S. 38th St., Tacoma; Olympia Food Co-op, 3111 Pacific Ave.,
Olympia; Olympia Food Co-op, 921 Rogers, Olympia; Olympia Local Foods, 2442 Mottman Road SW, Tumwater; Yelm Co-op, 404-1st St.. Yelm; Mt. Community Co-op, 105 Carter St., Eatonville, and Marlene’s Market, 2565 S. Gateway Center Place, Federal Way.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 360-264-4663.