recalled-Pride-and-Joy-Dairy-raw-milkUPDATE:  According to the Yakima Herald:  The inspection was prompted by two salmonella illnesses reported to the state, one in Pierce County and one in Clark County, where the common product was raw milk, said agriculture department communications director Hector Castro.

Pride & Joy Creamery of Toppenish, WA is recalling organic retail raw fluid milk because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) that can cause serious illness.

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections may cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stool. Symptoms generally appear three to four days after exposure, but can take as long as nine days to appear. The infection sometimes causes hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious disease in which red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. Infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider. At this time, there are no known illnesses associated with the recalled dates of this product.

The recall was initiated after sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed the presence of toxin-producing E. coli in the product. Pride & Joy Creamery and WSDA continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Pride & Joy Creamery organic retail raw milk displaying Best By dates of February (FEB) 10 through FEB 24 has been recalled. The milk is sold in pint, quart, half- gallon, and one-gallon plastic containers. Recalled milk was sold at the on-farm store and online as well as at drop off locations and retail stores throughout Washington state.

Consumers who have purchased Pride & Joy Creamery organic retail raw milk with Best By dates of FEB 10 through FEB 24 are urged not to drink the milk and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 509-854-1389 between the hours of 8AM and 5PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

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

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  • Cindy

    There seems to be large inconsistencies in your story that are not factual with your conversation with Mr Castro at the Department of Agriculture about the recall at Pride and Joy Creamery.

    The two ‘investigated illnesses’ were Salmonella Dublin not Ecoli STEC which was not found in any sample bottles therefore ruled out as not being linked to our farm. In the official press release from the WSDA it states that no illnesses have been reported. This has now been picked up by other news outlets because of your article.

    The facility was not contaminated with EColi, the samples that were taken that supposedly tested positive, were purchased from stores in Vancouver and Battleground, WA and were handled by many people before tested. They took 6 samples and only 2 samples showed any possible contamination. No EColi has been found at the farm. There is a test by WSDA currently underway to confirm this. Pride and Joy Creamery sends out independent samples of every batch of milk that is sent out to customers before any milk leaves the farm. These tests are done through AG Health lab in Sunnyside, Wa. as well as the batch in question was also tested by Silliker, Inc. which is a California State approved lab and both labs confirmed EColi at the lowest possible levels. They have confirmed absolutely no contamination in the samples we have given them straight from the facility.

    This is a ‘voluntary’ recall, however, we were told if we did not recall the product, contact all of our customers and send out a press release, they would recall the product for us and revoke our license to sell raw milk even though there has been no confirmed illness and no EColi found on the farm. 90% of the milk in question has already been purchased and consumed with no illness confirmed.

    We have been in business for over 40 years. We take great pride in our production and products as I am sure you do in reporting facts accurately. We stand behind our product 100% and have always offered replacement or refund to anyone who was unhappy with our product. We also welcome any of our customers to visit our farm at any time and stay in our guest farm house. We are open and honest about all of our practices and a quick visit to our website will prove this to be a fact. We would greatly appreciate if you would update your story with the facts of the case as your current reporting is a false defamation of our character.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us personally.

    Thank you for your time,
    Pride and Joy

  • billmarler
    • Jevena Burnum Edeburn

      But did you actually READ this story? The illnesses reported were salmonella which was NOT found in the raw milk — not the E. coli as you stated above.
      There has also been a correction to the story: “An earlier version of this story mistakenly said the illnesses which prompted the investigation were E. coli, when they were in fact salmonella. Also, the E. coli samples were taken in products sold by the company, not at the facility itself.”
      The E. coli reported was not found at the facility, but in the bottles of milk which were taken by the WSDA then after it had been opened and in their possession for 5 days.
      Your information is not correct.

  • billmarler