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“False positive” in that Massachusetts “Brucellosis case” blamed on raw milk

I guess this science stuff isn’t all its cracked up to be!

From Bill Marler’s Food Safety News:

“A Massachusetts resident who first tested positive for brucellosis has now been confirmed to not have the infection, according to an email from the assistant commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

 “While initial test results did show up positive, further, more specific and accurate testing by the CDC confirmed that the person does not have brucellosis,” Nathan L’Etoile wrote in the message forwarded by the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network. Continue reading

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Bill Marler recants earlier statement on raw milk and recent Brucellosis case

From Bill’s “Real Raw Milk Facts” blog:

“My dear friend, David Gumpert (“The Pope of Raw Milk”), suggested that I may have jumped the gun on linking Twin Rivers Farm raw milk to the Brucella illness.  Mixed into his typical lawyer bashing and incorrect suggestions about why I do what I do, I certainly can concede his point that the Brucella illness might well be linked to other farm-related practices.  So, despite the health department’s suggestion to discard the milk due to the risk, I have added “Possibly” to the headline.  I hope that satisfies the “Holy See.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a consumer alert on Friday after learning that a local farm’s raw milk could be contaminated with Brucella. Brucellosis, also called Bang’s disease, Crimean fever, Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Maltese fever, Mediterranean fever, rock fever, or undulant fever, is a highly contagious zoonosis caused by ingestion of unpasteurized milk or meat from infected animals or close contact with their secretions….” Continue reading

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Self-professed “lousy libertarian” Becky Fenger points out raw milk dangers

From Becky Fenger, in Sonoran News.com (Arizona):

“…Next case in point: raw milk. When I was a child, I lost six months out of a school year home sick with brucellosis. My country doctor called it Malta Fever. Either way, it came from drinking our neighbor’s unpasteurized milk, given to us as a “sweet treat” before he sent it on for processing.

Libertarians would pull my credentials if they heard I want raw (unpasteurized) milk banned as some states have done. To me, it’s a public health issue, not a protected personal choice.

Drinking raw milk can cause outbreaks of E. coli (O157:H7), salmonella, and listeria infections in children which can result in permanent kidney damage or death. And we all know how hard it is to get a kidney these days.  Continue reading

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