Cozy Vale Creamery Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak, Recall

Cozy Vale Creamery in Tenino, WA is again recalling raw milk for E. coli. This recall follows an E. coli recall issued last month and two E. coli illnesses reported earlier this year.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled milk should not drink it as E. coli can cause severe illness and death.

Cozy Vale Creamery E. coli Recall, March 2024

On March 18, 2024, Cozy Vale Creamery announced a recall of raw milk and cream because Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) was found in an another sample. Shiga toxins are poisonous to humans and cause severe illness and potentially fatal complications called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), which both cause kidney failure. Teenagers and young children are at elevated risk of developing HUS.

The strain of STEC found in the most recent sample is different than the STEC strain that sickened two Washington residents earlier this year. At the time of the recall, the Washington State Department of Health was not aware of illnesses associated with this STEC strain.

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Cozy Vale Creamery E. coli Recall, February 2024

On February 16, 2024, Cozy Vale issued a recall of raw milk and cream STEC recall. The STEC bacteria found in the milk is different than the one that sickened two Washington residents in mid-Januray and early February. At the time of this recall, there were no known illnesses associated with the strain found in the milk products.

So, from mid-Januray to mid-March, three different strains of of STEC have been associated with raw milk from Cozy Vale Creamery.

Symptoms of an E. coli Infection

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. Usually, these symptoms develop within one to three days of exposure.  Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications and antibiotics should not be given to patients with E. coli infections as they can increase the chance of developing HUS. 

Anyone with HUS symptoms needs immediate emergency care as HUS can be fatal. HUS symptoms usually develop one week after initial E. coli symptoms They include:

  • Pale skin
  • Decreased urination
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in legs, feet, or ankles

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