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Raw milk dairy out of time to appeal retail license suspension

Unless it’s in the mail, the owners of Pride & Joy Dairy missed the deadline yesterday to respond to Washington state’s suspension of their license to sell raw milk for the retail market. Two Salmonella illnesses have been traced to the dairy using genetic testing, but the dairy owners have said they do not believe… Continue Reading

Raw milk producers refuse to believe positive Salmonella tests

The showdown in Washington continues between owners of the Pride & Joy raw milk dairy and state officials in regard to pathogens that state inspectors found in the dairy’s unpasteurized organic milk. Tuesday the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported its latest test results, which confirmed Salmonella in the raw milk. Friday the department… Continue Reading

State closes raw milk dairy; Salmonella matched to sick people

Health official says many foods can cause illness; however, 'raw milk is one of the riskiest'

State officials suspended the license of Pride & Joy Dairy today and again warned the public to not drink any of the dairy’s organic, unpasteurized, raw milk because lab tests have confirmed it is contaminated with a rare strain of Salmonella that hospitalized two people. Until further notice, the dairy “may not legally bottle and… Continue Reading

State confirms E. coli in more raw milk from Pride & Joy

It is unclear whether Pride & Joy Creamery will expand its current recall of unpasteurized raw milk now that state officials have revealed additional positive test results for E. coli in the dairy’s milk. On Feb. 8, the Toppenish, WA, dairy recalled all of its raw milk with best-by dates from Feb. 10 through Feb…. Continue Reading

UPDATED: Organic dairy recalls raw milk for E. coli; two sick

UPDATED CONTENT: Washington state officials have clarified that the two illnesses that spurred their investigation at Pride & Joy Dairy were Salmonella infections in people who reported consuming the dairy’s raw milk before becoming ill. The state did not find Salmonella in the company’s milk, but it did find toxin-producing E. coli and asked the… Continue Reading

Victims in three other states linked to E. coli outbreak in Seattle

An E. coli outbreak initially linked to a restaurant in Seattle is now being investigated as a multi-state outbreak with cases confirmed in four states. In addition to seven Washington residents reported last week in connection with the Matador restaurant in Seattle, the outbreak has also sickened people in Colorado, Idaho and New York. Officials… Continue Reading

Paralytic shellfish poison closes harbor to shellfish harvest

Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon-Maury Island in Puget Sound is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until further notice because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). The Washington Department of Health posted the closure today for recreational harvesting, noting that the harbor remains open to commercial harvest. The closure includes all species of shellfish including… Continue Reading

Officials relying on consumers to stop unlicensed caterer

Despite differences in rules between the American and National leagues, three strikes means you’re out no matter who you are — rogue caterer Rick Stevenson is no doubt thankful those rules don’t seem to apply to him. In July, at least two dozen people got sick — three with confirmed Salmonella infections — at “the… Continue Reading

DSP forces closure of beaches to recreational shellfish harvests

The discovery of unsafe levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison in samples of shellfish collected near Seattle has prompted the closing of Puget Sound beaches for recreational shellfish harvest. Washington state officials, along with Seattle and King County public health officials are warning the public to honor the harvest bans that include oysters, mussels, oysters, geoduck… Continue Reading

Investigators Narrowing Down Possible Source of Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

Federal, state and county investigators searching for the source of the E. coli outbreak in Whatcom County, WA, have found at least one environmental sample matching the outbreak strain. That result came in Monday, May 18, and was from a sample taken at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA, which is where the Milk Makers… Continue Reading