Cozy Vale Creamery Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak
In November of 2011, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that raw milk sold by the Cozy Vale Creamery, previously known as Cozy Valley Farms, of Tenino, Washington, was being recalled for potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The unpasteurized milk products, including Whole, Skim, and Cream were distributed through retail outlets in Thurston and Pierce Counties.
The recall was announced after WSDA discovered E. coli O157:H7 in the dairy’s milking parlor and processing environments in response to an E. coli outbreak investigation. At least three Cozy Vale Creamery customers became ill with E. coli infections after drinking the dairy’s raw milk products between August and November, 2011.
Retail raw milk is legal to buy and sell in Washington, but 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.
For more information about the risks associated with drinking raw milk, visit RealRawMilkFacts.com.