This is excerpted from “The Appetizer” section of the “National Post” website, October 20th, 2008, by Gina Mallet:
“Raw-milk activist Michael Schmidt was found guilty Monday for not adhering to a court order to discontinue production and sale of unpasteurized cow milk. Gina Mallet reacts:
Talk about hypocrisy! Michael Schmidt’s raw milk has never been found to have listeria or e coli, none of his customers have turned up in intensive care. People who buy raw milk know there’s an outside risk of a pathogen in unpasteurized milk.
But no one who ate the listeria laced deli meat and now, the e-coli burgers from a North Bay Wendy’s knew they were dicing with death when they ate processed and fast food.
So why hasn’t the government banned deli meats and fast food burgers?
Why doesn’t the government give us stats on what food has been contaminated with listeria and e coli in the last several years? I bet we’ll find that poisoned food has included pasteurized food, even though pasteurization is meant to kill all germs. Fact is, and the government knows it, that the dirty human hand is a greater danger to our food than not pasteurizing milk…”
For more on food safety by Gina Millet read this post in which she talks about how food is never 100% safe.