Today the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is warning consumers not to drink Dungeness Valley Creamery brand raw Jersey whole milk, raw Jersey skim milk, or raw Jersey cream because the products may be contaminated with E. coli.
Products with best-by dates of March 2 or later may be contaminated.
The firm sells its products in gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. Today’s health alert includes all container sizes of the unpasteurized milk products.
The health alert is being initiated after routine sampling by WSDA found toxin-producing E. coli in a sample of raw cream.
Based in Sequim, the Dungeness Valley Creamery and WSDA are continuing their investigation into the source of the problem.
Currently, no human illnesses have been linked with these products. However, due to the time it takes to trace back illnesses to a food product, it is impossible to determine if any illnesses may be connected.
According to the Dungeness Valley Creamery website, the firm’s products are sold at the following retail locations:
Bainbridge Island: Real Foods; Pan D’Amore; Walt’s Lynwood Center Market
Bothell: Tru Health
Bremerton: CJ’s Evergreen General Store; Fresh Local
Federal Way: Marlene’s Market & Deli
Issaquah: Front Street Red Apple
Longview: Country village Nutrition Shoppe
Olympia: Olympia Food Co-op East; Olympia Food Co-op West
Port Angeles: Country Aire; Good To Go
Port Townsend: Port Townsend Food Co-op
Poulsbo: Abundantly Green
Seattle: Madison Market; My Asia’s Essentials; Pike Place Market Creamery
Sequim: Sequim Prairie Grange; Red Rooster Grocery; Sunny Farms Farm Store
Tacoma: Marlene’s Market & Deli
Vancouver: Chuck’s Produce; Neighbors Market
Dungeness Valley Creamery was profiled by the Seattle Times in 2010 after its milk was linked to three E. coli illnesses. Here is the video of the 2010 interview:© Food Safety News