Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk and cream are being recalled for potential E. coli contamination. The recalled products were sold in gallon, half-gallon, quart, and pint containers at retail stores and directly to customers. They have “best if used by dates” of 9/29 and 9/30 but consumers who still have these items should not consume them as E. coli can cause serious illness.
Contact the Pritzker Hageman E. coli Team
Phone: 1-888-377-8900 | Text: 1-612-261-0856
The recall was issued after a sample of raw cream dated 09/29 tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli during routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The company is cooperating with the WSDA’s investigation into the source of the outbreak.
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria. Some types of E. coli produce poisons called Shiga toxins that cause serious illness. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms usually develop within three days of exposure and last about a week. People with E. coli infections should not take over-the-counter medicine for diarrhea as it can increase the risk of developing a life-threatening complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Symptoms of HUS usually develop one week after initial E. coli symptoms. People with symptoms of HUS should seek immediate, emergency medical care as HUS can be fatal. These symptoms include:
- Decreased urination
- Pale skin
- Unexplained weakness
- Unexplained bruises or bleeding
At the time of the recall, Dungeness Valley Creamery said it was not aware of any illnesses that had been reported in association with its products.