Washington State Department of Agriculture

Oregon Lox Company of Eugene, OR, is recalling various brands of “Wild Cold Smoked Keta Salmon Lox” because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The affected Wild Cold Smoked Keta Salmon product was distributed in Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington. The products were shipped frozen on common carriers.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product are urged to dispose or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

There is concern that consumers may have the frozen product in their homes.
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Another child has been added to the list of patients in an E. Coli outbreak linked to local, organic yogurt. Some production at the implicated dairy, Pure Eire, remains shut down.

The Washington Department of Health reported to Food Safety News that the state has confirmed 16 people are sick. Ten have had such severe symptoms that they had to be admitted to hospitals. Four of the patients have developed Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can be fatal. Ten of the patients are zero to 9 years old.

There are two confirmed patients in Arizona
Continue Reading Another patient confirmed in E. coli outbreak linked to local, organic yogurt

Tenino, WA’s Cozy Vale Creamery is advising consumers to discontinue consumption of their retail raw milk and cream products with the best by dates of 3-1 through 3-9 and dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. These products, which were bottled in one gallon, half-gallon, quart, and pint containers, were sold to customers, including retail stores, in Western Washington.
The advisory was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed the presence of toxin-producing E. coli in retail raw whole milk and cream dated 3-1 (March 1).


Continue Reading Washington State dairy warns consumers over E. coli in retail raw milk

A Washington State dairy is recalling unpasteurized, raw milk from retailers and consumers after state tests showed a sample was contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli.

Williams Valley Family Farm LLC announced the recall today, warning consumers to stop using the implicated milk.

“The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed the presence of toxin-producing E. coli in retail raw whole milk. . . . Williams Valley Family Farm LLC and WSDA continue to work jointly to address the source of the problem,” company officials of the Clayton, WA, dairy said
Continue Reading State finds E. coli in raw milk; dairy initiates retail level recall

Phytosanitary certificates will have to accompany most plants and plant products — including some foods — entering the European Union (EU) counties beginning Dec. 14.

The new EU rules mean expanded inspections for U.S. plant products. Before plants and other raw and minimally processed plant products can enter EU member states, or Switzerland or Montenegro, the shipments must be inspected and receive a phytosanitary certificate.

Without the necessary certificate, shipments will be rejected with recourse.

The new EU regulations are to prevent the introduction of plant insects and disease pests. The EU made the change in 2016, but delays delayed
Continue Reading Plants and plant products exported to EU countries must soon carry phytosanitary certificates

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is about to find out if appeasement works with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In 2018 the FDA stopped sharing nonpublic information with the state department (WSDA), and a top state official says the action “had a significant negative impact” on food safety.

A recent issue involving the state’s public records law is an example of the risk. Washington’s statute on public disclosure has fewer exemptions than the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Evergreen State’s 48-year old Public Records Act “favors disclosure and requires the narrow application of the listed exemptions.”
Continue Reading Exemptions added to state public disclosure act to get FDA to resume sharing information

Anyone who has retail raw whole milk, skim milk and cream on hand from Dungeness Valley Creamery should not consume it because samples have tested positive for E. coli, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal illnesses.

The Sequim, WA, based creamery issued the recall Tuesday after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed the presence of toxin-producing E. coli in retail raw whole milk dated 4/6. According to a recall notice posted by the WSDA, the recalled raw whole milk, skim milk and cream have best-by dates between April 6 and April 20. The
Continue Reading Dairy recalls raw milk for E. coli; best-by dates through April 20

Laboratory tests have confirmed E. coli infections in a young child and an elderly person in Washington state who drank unpasteurized, raw milk from the same dairy. 

The implicated dairy was linked to an E. coli outbreak in 2009 and recalled some of its raw milk in 2013 after state tests found E. coli.

Owners of the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, WA, are questioning the validity of a warning posted yesterday by the state Department of Health (DOH). The warning says both E. coli patients drank unpasteurized milk from the dairy.

“No E. Coli has been found in
Continue Reading State confirms illnesses; Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk implicated

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 their milk is responsible for making anyone sick, ever. They refused to recall their unpasteurized milk Sept. 28 when state officials notified them laboratory tests showed Salmonella bacteria in it.

In an Oct. 6 suspension notice, the Washington State Department of Agriculture told the
Continue Reading Raw milk dairy out of time to appeal retail license suspension

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 suspended the dairy’s license to sell unpasteurized milk until further notice.

Dairy owners Allen Voortman, Cheryl Voortman, Ricky Umipig and Cindy Umipig are challenging the state’s laboratory results. Earlier this year when the state found E. coli in their raw, bottled milk, the dairy owners
Continue Reading Raw milk producers refuse to believe positive Salmonella tests