Milk from Tenino dairy recalled following E. coli concerns

Staff reports

The Cozy Vale Creamery has issued a recall of raw milk after state Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered E. coli contamination in a sample.

Cozy Vale Creamery, sometimes listed as Cozy Valley Creamery, is located in Tenino. Products were sold throughout Western Washington in quart, half-gallon and one-gallon plastic jugs.

Affected milk has best-by dates ranging from Feb. 27 to March 4. Customers are urged not to drink the milk, and can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund, according to a Department of Agriculture news release.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 360-481-4010 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Retail raw milk is legal to sell and buy in Washington state, but the potential health risks are serious, according to the news release.

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 Department of Agriculture licensed operation.

Symptoms of E. coli infections include severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stool. They generally occur three to four days after exposure, but can take as long as nine days to appear.

Any consumers of the product who experience the symptoms listed above should contact a health care provider. At this time there are no known illnesses associated with the recalled product, according to the news release.