The Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph will be hosting a one-day symposium on science and policy questions around raw milk on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Academics, industry and government representatives are expected to attend.
According to the event web page: “The goal of the conference will be to engage in discussions on the need for a structured and transparent process, to ensure that scientific research and knowledge are used to enable effective policy decisions. We are engaging a wide spectrum of global experts, who will use current policies relating to raw and pasteurized milk as the exploratory case study.”
Among the nine presenters will be Durham area farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt. Here’s Michael’s bio from the presenter page: Continue reading
The recent Wall Street Journal story quoting the findings of Canadian researcher Nadine Ijaz to the effect that, contrary to current regulator attitudes, raw milk is in fact an inherently low risk food, has prompted some backlash, notably on Doug Powell’s Barblog:
Doug Powell’s Barfblog logo, David E. Gumpert, Nadine Ijaz
“The scientific fringe craves the credibility – the impateur — of the scientific mainstream. It fuels conspiracy theories, drains public health resources, and unnecessarily worries a lot of folks; it’s a recycled tactic often used in the politics of genetically engineered food, water fluoridation, and so on. Mainstream science can be wrong; but it’s better than astrology….” and so forth.
To reply to this critique about the science supporting the “raw milk is a low risk food” thesis, David E. Gumpert and Nadine Ijaz have each independently spoken to the issue in a new post on The Complete Patient blog:
David: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has had no hesitancy about spending taxpayer dollars to promote its viewpoint that raw milk is a mortal danger. A couple years back, I called the FDA on its practice, after it spent nearly $2,500 with a press release service to put out single warning on a slow-news weekend about possible illnesses at a private food club from raw milk, long after any possible threat had passed. Continue reading
From the Wall Street Journal:
“Washington DC, June 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Three quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) recently published in the Journal of Food Protection have demonstrated that unpasteurized milk is a low-risk food, contrary to previous, inappropriately-evidenced claims suggesting a high-risk profile. These scholarly papers, along with dozens of others, were reviewed on May 16, 2013 at the Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC (Canada), during a special scientific Grand Rounds presentation entitled “Unpasteurized milk: myths and evidence.”
The reviewer, Nadine Ijaz, MSc, demonstrated how inappropriate evidence has long been mistakenly used to affirm the “myth” that raw milk is a high-risk food, as it was in the 1930s. Today, green leafy vegetables are the most frequent cause of food-borne illness in the United States. British Columbia CDC’s Medical Director of Environmental Health Services, Dr. Tom Kosatsky, who is also Scientific Director of Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health,welcomed Ms. Ijaz’s invited presentation as “up-to-date” and “a very good example of knowledge synthesis and risk communication.” Continue reading
From Nadine Ijaz:
Click image above to go directly to Nadine’s BC CDC video presentation.
I am pleased to announce that my May 16, 2013 Grand Rounds presentation at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC), where I examined scientific evidence around raw milk safety and benefits, has now been posted at BC CDC’s Grand Rounds site: http://www.bccdc.ca/util/about/UBCCDC/GrandRounds/default.htm Continue reading
Nadine Ijaz was invited to present on raw milk science to the BC Centre for Disease Control. Watch Nadine’s presentation online.
Click image to go to site to see video of Nadine’s presentation on raw milk.
Not sure how long this presentation will be available for viewing.
Earlier post on The Bovine about Nadine being invited to give this presentation.
From Nadine Ijaz in B.C.:
Nadine Ijaz with cow at raw milk rally at the B.C. provincial legislature in Victoria 2011
I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to present a special scientific Grand Rounds presentation entitled ‘Unpasteurized milk: myths and evidence’ to provincial public health staff at the BC Centre for Disease Control on Thursday May 16 from 12 noon to 1 pm. This invitation came in light of my recent research presentation at the Fresh Milk Food Politics event in Vancouver. Continue reading