The Washington State Department of Agriculture said that Pride & Joy Dairy refused to recall the milk after a positive Salmonella test from a bottle of organic raw milk produced on September 13 and 14 at a facility in Toppenish, Washington.
The owners of the dairy said they “politely declined” the state’s request to recall the milk. The dairy said nearly of the milk has already been consumed and there were no complaints of illnesses.
Pride & Joy has been on the state’s radar since 2 people were infected with Salmonella after drinking raw milk from the dairy.
About 8 months ago, Washington state health inspectors also found E. coli in raw milk sold by Pride & Joy Dairy. The dairy recalled all raw milk products that were sold from February 10 through February 24, 2017.
Pride & Joy Dairy also halted production for about 2 months for deep cleaning and further inspections from the state health department. Production resumed in early April after follow-up tests were negative for E. coli.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Raw milk can contain harmful germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can make you very sick or possibly kill you. If you’re thinking about drinking raw milk because you believe it has health benefits, consider other options.”
The risk of an outbreak caused by raw milk is about 150-times higher than pasteurized milk. A total of 81 outbreaks of food poisoning were linked to raw milk between 2007 and 2012, according to the CDC.