Raw milk from Arlington creamery recalled for bacteria

ARLINGTON — Some batches of raw milk from the Old Silvana Creamery are being recalled out of concern they may be contaminated with Campylobacter, bacteria that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

The recall affects raw milk from the farm with expiration dates of Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, according to Jim Sinnema, who manages the farm.

The milk is sold in 15 stores in Western Washington. The creamery produces several hundred gallons of raw milk a week, he said.

The recall, announced Monday evening, was launched after an independent lab discovered Campylobacter in a routine weekly sample sent to a laboratory for testing, Sinnema said. It had an expiration date of Jan. 23. As a precaution, raw milk from Old Silvana Creamery with an expiration date of Jan. 24 also was recalled, Sinnema said.

Testing showed batches with recall dates of Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 were not affected, he said.

Most people who become ill from the bacteria get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after exposure, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States, according to the federal health agency.

It can cause the most serious illness among young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Sinnema said he has not heard of anyone becoming ill from the milk. He said he doesn’t know how the milk was contaminated.

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