Toboton Creek Dairy recalls raw milk products due to potential health risk

Toboton Creek Dairy, based in Yelm, WA, recalled retail raw whole milk with expiration dates of “2/1” to “2/9” because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. ) which can cause serious illness.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed the presence of E. toxin-producing coli in raw retail milk as of 2/1 (February 1). The recalled product was bottled in half-gallon containers and was sold at retail stores in Yelm and Olympia, WA, as well as on-farm sales. Toboton Creek Dairy and WSDA continue to work together to get to the root of the problem.

Consumers who purchased Toboton Creek Dairy Raw Whole Milk with best before dates of “2/1” through “2/9” are urged not to drink the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. . Consumers with questions can contact the company at 360-894-5691 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

It is legal to sell and buy raw milk at retail in Washington State, but the potential health risks are serious. Consumers should carefully read the warning label on the container of raw milk at retail and ask their retailer to verify that the milk was produced and processed by a WSDA-certified operation.

About E. coli Infections

Anyone who has consumed any of the implicated products and develops symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and inform their physician of possible food poisoning. Specific tests are needed to diagnose infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Symptoms of E. coli infections vary from person to person, but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, often bloody. Some patients may also have a fever. Most patients recover in five to seven days. Others may develop serious or life-threatening symptoms and complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About 5-10% of people diagnosed with E. coli infections develop a life-threatening complication of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruising or bleeding, and paleness.

Many people with HUS recover within weeks, but some suffer permanent injuries or die. This condition can occur in people of any age, but is more common in children under the age of five due to their immature immune system, older people due to deteriorating immune system, and people whose immune system is weakened, like cancer patients.

People with symptoms of HUS should seek emergency medical attention immediately. People with HUS will likely be hospitalized because the disease can cause other serious and persistent problems such as high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, brain damage, and neurological problems.

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