Creamery cleared to begin distribution again

Owners take more precautions to prevent bacterium

Owners of Dungeness Valley Creamery, 1915 Towne Road, learned early Tuesday, April 13, that they could resume sales and distribution of the farm’s raw milk following a voluntary recall after a bacterium was found in some products.

Ryan McCarthey, co-owner of the farm with his wife Sarah, wrote online that “after multiple rounds of sampling and working with (the Department of Agriculture), (Department of Health), and multiple industry experts including chemists and veterinarians we are excited to announce we are cleared to resume sales and distribution of our products.”

Products are now available in the farm’s store with regular deliveries beginning today, Wednesday, April 14, he said.

The farm stopped milk production and issued the recall of all its products with a ‘Best By’ date of April 13 or earlier because at least five lab-positive campylobacteriosis cases were identified in people who consumed the farm’s raw milk, the state Department of Health announced on April 2.

McCarthey wrote the creamery has “an action plan in place to mitigate future risk.”

He told the Gazette last week that the business’ goal is to “go above and beyond and follow up a bunch on their own to rebuild that trust with customers.”

He said, “The more (testing) we do, the more we can narrow it down so we can fix it long-term.”

Health officials reported the milk was purchased in Clallam, Skagit, Kitsap and Clark counties.

Symptoms of Campylobacter infection include fever, diarrhea (often bloody), nausea, vomiting, malaise and abdominal pain. Most people with Campylobacter infection recover on their own, but some need antibiotic treatment, the state reported.

In severe cases, complications may include reactive arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for severe illness, the state said.

McCarthey said in a previous interview the voluntary recall could cost more than $30,000 in lost sales.

The McCartheys will go forward with a planned brand relaunch with more details to come.

“Thank you for your continued support and trust in us!” McCarthey wrote online.

For more information on the Dungeness Valley Creamery, visit dungenessvalleycreamery.com.

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