Courtesy Pride & Joy Dairy
A Toppenish, Wash., raw milk dairy has surrendered its processors license, though it could regain the license by satisfying the state Department of Agriculture that it has found and cleaned up the source of salmonella.
Pride & Joy Dairy’s owners, Allen and Cheryl Voortman, signed the agreement, which was finalized Nov. 6, describing what they must do to have their license reinstated.
The organic dairy can still sell milk to other processors for pasteurization, a WSDA spokesman said.
WSDA suspended the dairy’s license on Oct. 6 after state health officials linked raw milk from Pride & Joy to two people hospitalized in January with salmonella poisoning.
If Pride & Joy had not surrendered its license, the dairy faced having the license revoked by WSDA.
Pride & Joy did not respond to a request for comment.
The dairy agreed that it must submit a plan for WSDA’s approval for investigating the cause of pathogens in its bottled milk and for correcting problems.
The two people who were sickened reported in January that they drank Pride & Joy milk, but follow-up tests did not detect salmonella in the dairy’s milk.
The connection was made when milk samples collected in October tested positive for the same strain that sickened the two people. The state Department of Health made the preliminary determination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted further tests and confirmed the finding.
Even before October, the dairy had drawn the attention of WSDA. The department reported finding salmonella in raw milk samples collected from the dairy in September. WSDA issued a rare public health alert after the dairy declined to voluntarily recall its milk. Pride & Joy milk was sold in dozens of stores in Eastern and Western Washington.
WSDA tests samples from raw milk dairies monthly.