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Washington dairy recalls raw milk after positive test for E. coli

A dairy that has a history of pathogen problems is recalling unpasteurized, raw milk because it has tested positive for E. coli, which can cause serious infections, especially in young children. Owners of Spanish Sunrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA, posted the recall Tuesday. The recalled unpasteurized milk has a best-by date of Aug. 23, so… Continue Reading

Pride and Joy Creamery again filling retail orders for raw milk

Pride & Joy Creamery was back to bottling its organic grass-fed raw milk on or about  April 4 after the Toppenish, WA dairy handled the scare resulting from E. coli being found in its plastic jugs collected from retail shelves. “We want to assure everyone that no one has been sick from drinking our milk,”… Continue Reading

Second dairy – Cozy Vale Creamery – pulls raw milk for E. coli

For the second time this month unpasteurized raw milk is being pulled from retail dairy cases in Washington because of E. coli contamination. This time it’s Cozy Vale Creamery of Tenino, WA. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered the contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk and is working with the… 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

Two years later, state is still trying to shut down meat processor

A slaughterhouse-meat processing business in Auburn, WA, that lost its license two years ago because of food safety violations is still operating and now under court order to cease operations. Rickson Vilog, owner of Vilog Livestock, is under orders from King County Superior Court Judge Brian Gain to remove all livestock from his property by… Continue Reading

Washington state dairy recalls raw goat milk after E. coli test

A dairy on Vashon Island, WA, is recalling raw goat milk after state officials detected toxin-producing E. coli in a sample. Burton Hill Farm & Dairy sold the raw goat milk that is now under recall between June 22 and 29. It is labeled with sell-by dates of June 29 and July 1, 2016. “Burton Hill… Continue Reading

Loki Fish Co. recalls smoked salmon after Listeria test

Loki Fish Co. of Seattle is voluntarily recalling wild smoked pink salmon after a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes and has stopped shipping and selling all products from the smokehouse that handled the two recalled lots. A random testing program by the Washington State Department of Agriculture discovered the pathogen in a finished product sample… Continue Reading

Raw milk’s ‘explosive growth’ comes with costs to the state

“Explosive growth.” That’s how Washington state’s Agriculture Department describes what’s been happening in the raw-milk industry in the past 10 years. The numbers say it all. There were only six raw-milk dairies in the state in 2006. There are now 39 — more than double the number in 2013 when there were 18. All are… Continue Reading

Learning to ‘Bridge the GAPs’ for Small and Mid-Sized Farms

Waging a successful battle against the foodborne pathogens that can sicken people — or even kill them — takes some creative strategizing on the part of small- and mid-size farms, primarily because they’re so different from large farms and even from one another. With that in mind, about 25 people took advantage of the invitation to come to… Continue Reading