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Washington dairy at center of 2005 E. coli outbreak to begin selling raw goats milk

Dee Creek Farms, the Washington dairy that was the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among Washington and Oregon residents in 2005, has recently obtained a license to sell raw goats milk.

After the farm underwent renovations and constructed a milking area, the Washington Department of Agriculture granted Dee Creek Farms a license to bottle and sell the milk, but the license stipulates that the milk must be labeled as "raw" or "unpasteurized."

Dee Creek owners Anita and Michael Puckett are appealing the $8,000 state fine for health and safety violations uncovered while officials were investigating the outbreak and its cause. The administrative hearing is scheduled for June 12-13 in Vancouver.

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