Today it was announced that the Frisia Dairy and Creamery, located in Tenino, Washington, is recalling its raw milk products after routine sampling turned up shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in its skim raw milk product.  Thankfully no illnesses have been detected thus far. 

The products being recalled include whole, skim, and cream milk sold in various sizes.  The raw milk products are distributed and sold directly at the dairy and through 8 stores in Lewis, Thurston, and Pierce counties.  The affected stores include:

  • Olympia Food Co-op, 3111 Pacific Ave., Olympia, WA
  • Yelm Co-op, 404 1st St., Yelm, WA
  • Mt. Community Co-op, 105 Carter St., Eatonville, WA
  • Shop-N-Kart, 2100 N. National Ave., Chehalis, WA
  • Olympia Food Co-op, 921 Rogers, Olympia, WA
  • Olympia Local Foods, 2442 Mottman Road S.W., Tumwater, WA
  • Baily’s IGA, 10333 Hwy 12 S.W., Rochester, WA
  • Tenino IGA, 669 Lincoln Ave., Tenino, WA

This marks the second E. coli recall in the past several months tied to Washington raw milk products.  At the end of November, 2011, the Cozy Vale Creamery announced a recall after several shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections were linked to consumptions of its raw milk dairy products.  The Washington State Department of Agriculture conducted tests at the Cozy Vale Creamery during the E. coli outbreak investigation. The test results indicated E. coli O157:H7 contamination in the milking parlor and processing areas. The unique genetic strain of the pathogen was a match to the genetic strain that infected at least three children in Pierce and Thurston counties.