Recall alert: Dungeness Valley Creamery recalls raw milk due to possible Campylobacter bacteria contamination

Dungeness Valley Creamery issued a voluntary recall of all raw milk product with a Best By date of April 13, 2021, or earlier due to possible Campylobacter bacteria contamination.

Five lab-positive campylobacteriosis cases were identified in people who consumed raw milk purchased in Clallam, Skagit, Kitsap and Clark counties, according to a release from the Washington State Department of Health.

Campylobacteriosis reportedly can cause serious illness, including symptoms of fever, diarrhea (often bloody), nausea, vomiting, malaise and abdominal pain. However, most people recover from the infection on their own.

“Unpasteurized raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and germs. Foodborne illnesses can be caused by many different foods; however, raw milk is one of the riskiest,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases.

The product being recalled was bottled in gallon, half-gallon, quart and pint containers.

Officials said any leftover milk should be thrown away or returned to the place where it was purchased.

For more information on the health risks of drinking raw milk, you can go to the Washington State Department of Health website.