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The Country Market recalls raw milk because of possible health risk

The Country Market of Medical Lake, WA is recalling raw fluid milk because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) that can cause serious illness. 

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) discovered that the product was contaminated with toxin-producing E. coli. The Country Market and WSDA are continuing their investigation into the source of the problem. Currently, no known human illnesses are associated with this product.

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. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider.

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.

The Country Market Raw Cow Milk bearing expiration dates of 2-4-11 through 2-11-11 has been recalled. The milk is sold only in ½ gallon containers. Recalled raw milk was sold from The Country Market on-farm store located at 14211 North Thorpe Road, Medical Lake, Washington and from the Fresh Abundance store located at 2015 North Division Street Ste 1, Spokane, Washington.

Consumers who have purchased The Country Market raw milk with expiration dates 2-4-11 through 2-11-11 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 509-499-3739.

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

  • Doc Mudd

    Humboldt County’s decision to postpone legalization of raw milk already looks prophetic. Kudos to them!
    I watched the videotape of the Humboldt County hearing, the segment where the raw milkies stood up and ‘refuted’ the scientific, medical and food safety analysis of their lame pitch for legalizing unpasteurized milk. Smug con artists and propagandists.

  • Sam

    Oooohhh, I just love these stories. Let the screaming match begin. That’s your cue BA…

  • Minkpuppy

    Yeah, where is BA? He’s been somewhat quiet lately. I’m stuck at my office due to icy roads and could use some entertainment!

  • Bill Anderson

    With all your criticism of raw milk, I’m curious for you to talk about the standards for sushi-grade fish?
    FDA allows this raw animal product to be shipped across state lines in its final packaged for for the consumer, if it is subject to strict hygene controls, and consumers warnings.
    Perhaps you could take on the raw milk subject from this angle?
    Or you could keep up the fear mongering and playing into the hands of big corporate dairy processing interests.
    I love sushi, btw, even though I live over 1,000 miles from any ocean!

  • Bill, what is it about people that drink raw milk that makes them so mean? Perhaps you believe that raw milk cures everything from autism to erectile dysfunction, but it also seems to just make you snarky too.
    Fact, I have never been involved in an outbreak involving sushi, although I would question its freshness in Madison.
    Do I think there are inconsistencies in human behavior and rules? Of course I do. Did you read this:
    But, then I spend time actually doing something about it as opposed to stalking others blogs.
    Bill, it is time to pull your head out of your cheese.

  • Doc Mudd, evil corp shill

    Only beginning to get set up to hide raw milk cheese behind sushi and, boink, this pops up:
    That didn’t take long.
    Could it be karma, just bad karma, Earl? I hope Bill A. hasn’t jinxed the Superbowl, too.

  • Tim Lukens

    The seafood industry I believe, operates under a mandatory HACCP regulation environment. Might have something to do with it. And I would like to point out that in the 20 years that I fished commercially, I saw less manure in the processing plant than I see in a cow barn every day.

  • Interesting. Our family used to consume raw milk but since the move, I couldn’t find it in our area. I guess that is a blessing that we couldn’t find it.