“…England and Wales have about 100 registered cow operations selling raw milk for human consumption, as well as 27 registered producers of raw milk from goats, and three from sheep.
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I guess this science stuff isn’t all its cracked up to be!
“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).
“The Obama administration delivered its official response last week to the 6,078 signors of a petition on WhiteHouse.gov who requested federal-level legalization of all raw milk sales. The response indicated that the White House continues to support the current regulation of raw milk sales, which allow states to determine legality but prohibits its sale across state lines.
But he’s in good company. Raw milk journalist David Gumpert also made that list. From Dan Flynn, on Food Safety News:
Michael Schmidt is a Canadian raw-milk farmer who went on a five-week hunger strike, vowing to “go unto death” until Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty met briefly with him on Nov. 4 to discuss Canada’s ban on the sale of unpasteurized milk. Although a spokesman said McGinty has no plans to change Canada’s raw-milk policy, the premier suggested Schmidt lobby members of Parliament to see if there is support for overturning the ban. Continue reading
“Though Peanut Corp of America has been cited for responsibility in nine deaths and more than 700 illnesses from Salmonella in its peanut butter, its president, Stewart Parnell, has remained seemingly immune from prosecution nearly three years after the fact.
Same with Austin “Jack” DeCoster of Wright County Egg, which was linked to as many as 1,700 illnesses from Salmonella in its eggs in 2010.
But a relatively small 2010 Midwest outbreak of 25 illnesses (and no deaths) from Campylobacter in raw milk seems to have brought the ire of law enforcement down on the owners of two tiny farms in Indiana and Michigan. A federal grand jury in Detroit is investigating bringing criminal charges against an Amish farmer in Indiana who produced the milk, and a Michigan farmer who helped distribute it to several private food clubs. Continue reading
“Ready Pac Foods of Irwindale, CA is recalling 5,379 cases of bagged romaine salad products, including Caesar salad kits, because they may be contaminated with E. coli.
The romaine lettuce was packaged under the Ready Pac brand name and also under several chain-store brands, all with a “use-by” date of November 18, 2011, and sold in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The recall was initiated based on a single positive random sample result for E.coli O157:H7 reported to Ready Pac by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the recall notice, Ready Pac said it is fully cooperating with the FDA on the recall. Continue reading
“It’s becoming clear that the Wisconsin campylobacter outbreak a few weeks back, triggered by tainted unpasteurized milk from a commercial dairy, has created a dilemma for the food safety ideologues.
These are the people in the regulatory, health, and legal communities who argue that raw milk is inherently unsafe. These ideologues don’t want to acknowledge that there are two raw milks in America–the raw milk turned out by the CAFOs, usually under terribly unsanitary conditions and at significant risk for containing pathogens, and the raw milk turned out by dairies committed to producing safe unpasteurized milk sold directly to consumers. Continue reading
Ban on labeling milk as rBGH-free struck down as unconstitutional in recent Ohio appeal court decision
RBGH is a growth hormone designed to increase milk production. And it’s made by
Monsanto Eli Lilly. Here’s an excerpt from a report by Helena Bottemiller on Bill Marler’s “Food Safety News”:
“After more than two years of litigation, a federal court last week struck down an Ohio ban on labeling dairy products as “rbGH free,” “rbST free,” or “artificial hormone free” if produced by cows not treated with bovine growth hormone. Continue reading