Meet the gang at Cozy Vale Farm, Tenino
Copyright 2011 Cozy Vale Farm. Used with permission.
On November 26, 2011, the Yelm Community Blog reported Tenino-based Cozy Vale Dairys “raw milk products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause severe intestinal distress.”
“The recall was begun after Washington State Department of Agriculture environmental swabbing at the facility discovered that locations in the milking parlor and processing areas were contaminated with toxin-producing E. coli bacteria.”
I contacted Cozy Vale Dairy last week for an update and received the following report:
The WA. State Dept. of Agriculture issued the “all-clear” in this excerpt from their letter:
“The WSDA Licensed Retail Raw Milk Dairy, Cozy Vale Creamery, located in Tenino, Washington is reintroducing their raw milk to the marketplace.”
“The newly manufactured raw milk will have a best if used by date code of 12/23 or later.”
“Since the recall was originally announced, the firm [Cozy Vale Creamery] and WSDA have reviewed the firms operations and made some procedural changes. After the recall, WSDA collected additional milk samples and re-swabbed the processing room. E. Coli was not found in any of these follow-up samples,” quoting Michael Tokos, Public Health Advisor 4, Food Safety Program, WA. State Dept. of Agriculture.
Cozy Vale Creamery owner Laurie Barta shares these points with the Yelm Community Blog:
“No ecoli was ever found in Cozy Vale milk.
The WSDA took over 36 samples of my product, both from the farm and milk that was already in stores.
This has been a very challenging time for my business and I thank the many customers who have encouraged me to remain in this business and who have supported me all the way through this time.
My hope is that Cozy Vale will continue to deliver delicious milk, and soon cheese, to all.”
Cozy Vale has resumed shipments to:
– Marlenes Market, 2951 S. 38th St., Tacoma
– Olympia Food Co-op, 3111 Pacific Ave., Olympia
– Olympia Food Co-op, 921 Rogers, Olympia
– Olympia Local Foods, 2442 Mottman Road S.W., Tumwater
– Marlenes Market, 2565 S. Gateway Center Place, Federal Way.
The hope is that the Mt. Community Co-op in Eatonville and the Yelm Food Co-op will soon offer Cozy Vale’s popular products.
Read this interesting article about the qualities of raw milk:
“This “Scary Drink” May Resolve Your Troubling Health Issues”
By Dr. Mercola posted January 1, 2012.
UPDATE: January 5, 2012
Yelm: Nisqually Valley News Editor/Publisher wrote a fabulous Op-Ed printed January 5, 2012
“We all need to take responsibility for our choices”