Salmonella detected in Pride & Joy raw milk

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian Health Reporter

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture is warning people not to drink a brand of organic raw milk sold at four Clark County stores after tests detected salmonella.

Routine sampling by the department of agriculture found salmonella in bottled organic raw milk collected from the Pride & Joy Dairy in Toppenish. The product has a best-by date of Oct. 4.

The company sells its products in pint, quart, half-gallon and gallon plastic containers. The public health notice includes all container sizes.

The milk is sold in four local stores: Arnada Naturals, Chuck’s Produce locations in Vancouver and Salmon Creek and Battle Ground Produce.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in humans. Young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.

Currently, there are no reported cases of illness linked to the Pride & Joy Dairy milk, according to the department of agriculture.