Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

Cause of European E.coli outbreak may never be known — top WHO official

From the Voice of America website:

“As European agriculture ministers hold an emergency meeting about the continent’s spiraling E. coli outbreak, Spain is demanding full compensation to its farmers, after Spanish cucumbers were incorrectly identified as the bacteria’s source.  But even as scientists still scramble to diagnose the origin, experts say this outbreak’s legacy could be the huge furor over mistaken claims and compensation from the European Union.

A top World Heath Organization official says the source of Germany’s deadly E. coli outbreak may never be known. Dr. Guenael Rodier, WHO’s director of communicable diseases, tells the Associated Press that investigators must find the culprit within a week.  He says after that, it would become difficult to link patients with what they ate.  Rodier says the contaminated vegetables have probably already disappeared from the market.  Continue reading

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Louisville raw milk buying club looks at next steps after quarantine withdrawn

From David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:

“When an inspector from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness slapped a quarantine on 76 half gallons of raw milk about to be picked up by members of a local buying club ten days ago, the action seemed to come out of the blue.

But John Moody, the club’s co-administrator, wasn’t in the least bit surprised. “I have been preparing for this for five years,” he says. “It’s only a matter of time till something happens that involves a showdown with the state. It’s not a maybe, it’s a certainty. I’ve always told this to my members.” Continue reading

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U.S. Food safety chief defends raw milk raid and touts tougher new law on food

From the politics blog of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Obama food safety chief and former Monsanto lawyer Michael R. Taylor today defended the FDA’s sting operations and armed raids against raw milk producers, including Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer, who is facing an injunction for selling milk across state lines. None of Allgyer’s milk was contaminated. The agency’s actions are likely to put him out of business.

“We believe we’re doing our job,” Taylor said at a presentation at the Ogilvy Washington public affairs group. He promised to “keep doing our public health job,” and described his agency’s campaign against raw milk producers as based on a “public health duty” and “statutory directive.” Continue reading


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