The Laughing Goat dairy of Roy is recalling its Grade A raw goat milk because it may be contaminated with E.coli, it was reported Monday.
The diary says its refrigerated raw goat milk bearing the “best if used by” dates of Feb. 11 to Feb. 19 has been recalled, The Olympian newspaper said.
Recalled milk was sold in Western Washington, including in the counties of Thurston, Pierce and King.
The Laughing Goat said it has not received any reports of human illnesses associated with the recalled product, but it recalling it out of precaution, the paper said.
Consumers who purchased the milk are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 253-861-3905.
Whether from a cow or a goat, raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and other germs that can make you very sick or kill you. Yes, it’s true that it’s possible to get “food poisoning” or food borne illnesses from many foods, but raw milk is one of the riskiest of all. Raw milk and products made from raw milk (such as cheeses and yogurts) can cause serious infections, such as Salmonella,Listeria, and E. coli.
What happens if you get sick from raw milk?
Getting sick from raw milk can mean many days of diarrhea, stomach cramping, and vomiting. Less commonly, it can mean kidney failure, paralysis, chronic disorders, and even death. The seriousness of the illness is determined by many factors, such as the type of germ, the amount of contamination, and the person’s immune defenses.
Speaking of immune defenses… it’s important to remember that some people are at higher risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk. The risk is greater for certain age groups, such as infants, young children, and older adults. It’s also particularly risky for pregnant women (and their unborn babies) and those with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, an organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS.
Though some people are at higher risk of getting sick from raw milk, even healthy adults and older children can get seriously ill. Those who recover often suffer from life-long medical consequences. To see how devastating these illnesses can be, check out these real-life stories about the dangers of raw milk.
Even healthy animals may carry germs that contaminate raw milk
Outbreaks of illness related to raw milk have been traced back to both grass-fed and grain-fed animals. Raw milk supplied by “certified,” “organic,” or “local dairies has no guarantee of being safe.