This just in from Gordon Watson on the B.C. situation:
Today, Jan 6th, 2010, I got a copy of the lab results printout which was given to one of our former depots, by Vancouver Coastal Health.
A ‘cfu’ means = colony forming unit.
The presence of colonies of bacteria is the way foods, in particular milk, are tested for pathogens. It is important to realize that we live in a world of bacteria everywhere. Colonies of bacteria may be either ‘good’ bacteria or ‘bad’ for human beings. For purposes of food safety, what matters is the sheer quantity of colonies present in a one gram sample of milk.
Less the better.
The FOOD QUALITY SAMPLING RESULTS for milk from our herd show that, the colony forming units range between 1,300 for the butter, up to 3000 for other products. The fluid milk was 2,400.
Thus, the tests from the BC Centre for Disease Control show that our milk is well under the 10,000 cfu standard for pasteurized “homo milk” retailed in BC.
As well ; the standard in Washington state for raw milk sold there – quite legally under licences to dairies – is not more than 10,000 cfu.
Our milk is perfectly fit to drink. It suits the so-called Health Authorities to use the loaded term “presence of fecal matter’ for fear mongering. My suspicion that Fraser Health / Vancouver Coastal Health set out to demonize our cowshare has been confirmed. The fact that they have not actually shut down the flow of REAL MILK is tacit admission that cowsharing is perfectly legitimate.
The fact that they advertise a half-truth … knowing that the ordinary person has no idea how milk is tested … exposes their bad faith.
Gordon S Watson