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The Bovine — 21,106 hits over 90 days

Recent stats for the Bovine

Recent stats for the Bovine

The Bovine has now been running for a little over 3 months. We started on September 6th, 2008. As you can see from the graph above, traffic has been rising lately. This will be our 257th post.

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2007 story of the “bogus bad cheese” and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit

part of header from Eastern Ontario Health Unit website

part of header from Eastern Ontario Health Unit website

This report comes to us via Michael Schmidt and Jacqueline Fennell. It concerns what appear to be false claims made by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit regarding cheeses made for an Ontario farmer by an itinerant cheese maker from Quebec. First up is a statement by Jack MacLaren, who was then President of the Ontario Landowners’ Association. This story is from the summer of 2007:

“Mr. Remi Levac, who lives in St Bernardin Ontario, operates a mobile cheese-making business.  He visits farms across Ontario and makes cheese on-site using the farmer’s own milk.  The cheese is made for the farm family’s own consumption and all clients must sign a waiver that clearly states (a) the sale and distribution of the product is prohibited, and, (b) the cheese must not be consumed for a 60 day period.

In late May Mr. Levac made cheese on a Prescott County farm, and within a day or two, one person who had consumed some of the newly-made cheese sought medical attention for a food-related illness.    As is normally the case, the patient provided a list of all the foods consumed within the previous 24 hour period.  The diagnosis was suspected, perhaps confirmed, as campylobacter infection, a pathogen that does appear in new cheese but can appear in a host of other food products including chicken and mayonnaise – two other food products that the patient had consumed within the time period. Continue reading

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Manna Storehouse SWAT, part 4: Did police really enter “with guns drawn”?

Manna Storehouse sheep - from Manna Storehouse website

Manna Storehouse sheep - from Manna Storehouse website

NEW DEC. 17: Manna Storehouse 7: The Stowers tell their story.

On the Complete Patient blog, “An Observer” asked the question  whether “...with weapons drawn and trained on Katie Stowers and her children.” was an accurate description of the “event”.

David E. Gumpert  replied: “An Observer’s questioning of my description of the event raises an important journalistic issue. The problem is I only had one side of the story: Katie’s. I tried three government sources to try to obtain their side of the story, especially as regards the law enforcement tactics. ODA wouldn’t talk about it, and referred me to Lorain County Health Department. Those people wouldn’t talk about it, referring me to county prosecutor. He didn’t return my call. In that situation, I could say it’s not clear what happened, since I didn’t have the government’s side. But isn’t that really giving the government’s refusal to discuss the matter preference over Katie’s version? I decided it was, and went with Katie’s version. If someone from the government told me the officers hadn’t drawn their weapons on women and children, and simply requested they stay seated in the living room while a search warrant was executed, I would have said that. But the government officials clearly didn’t want to talk about it….” Continue reading

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