Washington State Department of Agriculture

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…

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.

Pride and Joy raw milk One gallon of Pride & Joy unpasteurized raw milk sells for $10 on the dairy’s website. It…

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

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…

“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. 406x250RawMilkThe 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…

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

A raw milk dairy in Washington state has voluntarily recalled some of its raw milk and cream products after a recent routine test found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a sample of raw cream. dairy-cows-lineup-350Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA, has recalled all of its raw cow’s milk and goat’s milk and cream with expiration dates…

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is offering a free food-safety guide to assist growers with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs). The 204-page guide, entitled, “Bridging the GAPs FARM GUIDE – Good Agricultural Practices and On-Farm Food Safety for Small, Mid-Sized, and Diversified Fruit and Vegetable Farms,” is available in…