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Washington Consumers Warned to Avoid Raw Milk and Raw Cream

Ryan McCarthey, who owns and operates the dairy at 1915 Towne Road with his wife, Sarah, said Saturday they were notified by the state Department of Agriculture on Friday evening that inspectors may have found the bacteria in samples of the dairy's whole raw cream.

He said the state samples did not find Escherichia coli bacteria but could not rule out its presence from the samples.

The McCartheys expect to receive updated results early this week. In the meantime, they are recalling the batch.

“We wanted to get the world out as quickly as possible to consumers,” McCarthey said.

“At this point, it may be nothing. But we don't want to wait.”

They posted a notice of Agriculture's finding on the creamery's Facebook page Saturday and were alerting customers and vendors not to use products with the July 2 date and to pull them off the shelves.

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