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Another Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak and Another Lawsuit Coming

Later this week we will be filing suit against yet another raw milk producer.  Here are some of the details from the complaint.

Screen Shot 2011-12-28 at 5.34.11 PM.pngFrom late-August through early-November 2011, contaminated raw milk produced by Cozy Valley caused at least three children to become infected by a genetically indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7. The three children, including the minor plaintiff TC, were residents of Pierce and Thurston Counties, Washington.

Based on the discovery of three genetically indistinguishable E. coli O157:H7 infections amongst customers of Cozy Valley, the Washington State Department of Agriculture collected approximately 42 samples from the premises at Cozy Valley, including from its cows and multiple locations in the milking and production areas. At least 3 samples, collected from a mop and from the floor in the milking parlor, tested positive for the same genetically indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7 that infected the three children, including the minor plaintiff TC, described in the foregoing paragraph of this Complaint.