Wash. creamery recalls raw milk products

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A Tenino, Wash., creamery is recalling raw milk products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

A statement distributed by the Washington Agriculture Department at the request of Cozy Vale Creamery said Wednesday the unpasteurized milk products were distributed through seven retail outlets in Thurston and Pierce counties. They include whole milk, skim milk and cream.

Agriculture Department testing found locations in the milking parlor and processing area that were contaminated with E. coli. The creamery and agency are investigating the source of the problem.

Three illnesses have been reported in Cozy milk customers since August. E. coli infections can cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stool.

Affected products had "best if used by" dates up to and including Dec. 6.

They were sold at the farm store and at Marlene's Market in Tacoma, two Olympia Food Co-Op locations in Olympia, Olympia Local Foods in Tumwater, Yelm Co-op in Yelm, Mt. Community Co-op in Eatonville and Marlene's Market in Federal Way.