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WAC 16-89-170

Q fever testing requirements for sheep and goat dairies.

(1) All sheep and goats whose raw milk or raw milk products are offered for sale must be from a herd that has tested negative for Q fever within the previous twelve months. Q fever is caused by the coccobacillus Coxiella burnetii and is highly infectious to humans.
(a) Any additions to the herd must be tested negative for Q fever within thirty days before introduction into the herd.
(b) Herds must be tested negative annually to maintain the dairy's raw milk license.
(c) The state veterinarian shall direct all testing procedures in accordance with state and federal standards for animal disease eradication.
(d) All raw milk and raw milk products from animals that test positive for Q fever are prohibited from sale and must be destroyed or pasteurized.
(2) All sheep and goats whose raw milk or raw milk products are offered for sale must have official identification.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-13-100, ยง 16-89-170, filed 6/18/08, effective 7/19/08.]
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