Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

New York state judge rules lab workers CAN be questioned in raw milk case

The latest news on the American raw milk front, from David E. Gumpert of the Complete Patient blog:

We don't really think lab workers wear these when dealing with raw milk samples. See credit at bottom.

“It’s our way of the highway. That’s essentially been the position of New York’s Department of Agriculture & Markets over the last nearly five years, when New York raw dairy farmers have questioned the agency’s testing procedures for listeria in raw milk.

Ag & Markets has, during that time, shuttered half a dozen or so dairies for days on the basis of having supposedly found listeria in raw milk. In a couple cases where dairies have had private tests of split samples they’ve held in reserve that disputed the state’s findings, the response was always the same: Our test is the only one that counts. End of discussion.

Now, Ag & Markets will have to pull back the veil on its testing procedures. That’s because a state judge has ruled that lawyers from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, representing dairy owner Chuck Phippen, can cross examine state lab workers. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under News

New B.C. Premier Christy Clark used to drink raw milk, interviewed Michael Schmidt in September on CKNW

Christy Clark, a radio host who interviewed Michael Schmidt last September, was just chosen as the new leader of the B.C. Liberals last Saturday Feb. 26th. She will be replacing Gordon Campbell as Premier:

Christy Clark hugs her son Hamish after being named the new leader of the BC Liberal Party at the Liberal leadership election at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Photograph by: Les Baszo, PNG, via The Province

A brief bio of the new Premier of B.C., from The Province:

“NAME: Christina Joan Clark Continue reading

5 Comments

Filed under News

“Ignoring Ontario’s cow share ruling will endanger future access to raw milk in Canada” — farmer Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt shares some thoughts on the state of raw milk in Canada:

Michael Schmidt with host during a recent visit to Wisconsin, with a glass of raw milk.

Things have drastically changed in Ontario since January last year. As soon as the celebration of the historical cow share ruling by Paul Kowarsky was over, many farmers who had been silently waiting on the sidelines jumped at the “golden opportunity to milk the opportunity”.

The market is there and is expanding at a frightening pace. There have been countless requests by people searching for raw milk: Continue reading

13 Comments

Filed under News