A small dairy in Washington state is recalling unpasteurized fluid goat milk because of concerns about possible contamination with antibiotic residue.
The Lucky Hook Dairy of Moses Lake in Eastern Washington is recalling two lot codes of its raw fluid goat milk because antibiotic residue can cause adverse health reactions in people who are sensitive to antibiotics.
The limited recall was initiated after routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) discovered that the product coded with the expiration date 2-24-11 contained antibiotic residue. This recall is limited to only the 2-24-11 and 2-25-11 expiration date lot codes because testing of subsequent product codes found no residues.
The Lucky Hook Dairy and WSDA are continuing their investigation into the source of the problem.
Antibiotic residues can cause severe allergic reactions in persons who are sensitive to antibiotics. Symptoms include skin reactions such as hives and can lead to difficulty breathing. Anyone experiencing these symptoms after drinking this milk should immediately contact a health care provider.
Lucky Hook Dairy Raw Goat Milk is sold in ½ gallon containers. The recalled raw milk was sold only from the Fresh Abundance store at 2015 North Division Street Ste 1, Spokane, Washington.
Consumers who have purchased the suspect Lucky Hook Dairy raw goat milkare urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 509-431-7329.
Retail raw milk is legal to sell and buy in Washington state, but the WSDA cautions that there are serious potential health risks. Consumers should read the warning label on the retail raw milk container carefully and ask their retailer to verify the milk was produced and processed by a WSDA-licensed operation.