Daily Archives: November 18, 2008

Raw milk blamed for food poisoning outbreak in Wisconsin — is this standard operating procedure?

Here’s a story about raw milk in Wisconson that comes to us from Steve and Paula Runyon in Alaska. Seems local public health officials are keen to blame an outbreak of food-borne illness on raw milk consumption. Read how it’s done in this exciting post “Is Raw Milk Safe”:

“July 14, 2002—Public officials have falsely blamed an outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni, causing diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever in hundreds of people, on the consumption of raw milk obtained in a Wisconsin cow-share program.

According to a report issued by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and accepted without further investigation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 70 of 75 persons confirmed with the illness drank unpasteurized milk from Clearview Acres Farm in Sawyer County. Clearview Acres disputes the official numbers, citing widespread cases of illness in Sawyer and adjoining counties. Independent reports gleaned from emergency room nurses estimate that campylobacter infection afflicted as many as 800 individuals–most of whom did not drink raw milk–throughout Northwest Wisconsin during the 12 weeks following November 10, 2001. Reports of illness continued for eight weeks after provision of raw milk to cow-share holders had ceased.
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