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Food safety “false flag” — Did USDA wait for people to die before taking action on turkey they knew was bad?

From Mike Adams, on OpEd News:

“Adding yet more evidence to the proof that the U.S. government maliciously promotes dangerous food borne illness outbreaks rather than trying to prevent them, evidence has emerged today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture knew ground turkey produced by Cargill was widely contaminated with salmonella, yet it did nothing about it and waited for fatalities to occur. This breaking news has been published by the Wall Street Journal.

At a time when the federal government is conducted SWAT-style armed raids on raw milk farmers, accusing them of selling “pathogenic” milk, another regulatory department of that same government brazenly stands by and allows deadly pathogen-contaminated meat to be openly sold without offering any warning whatsoever to the public. Continue reading


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Emergence of monster pathogens and the FDA’s attempt to limit food choices

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

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“Here’s a prediction: the price of raw milk from reliable sources is going to be rising sharply over coming years. In fact, the prices of many nutrient-dense foods obtained from known safe farms are going to be heading sharply upward.

That’s because the dangers associated with conventional foods are rising nearly by the day. The latest danger documented by scientists in the United Kingdom is of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria being transmitted to people by cattle. Continue reading


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Complex science behind food safety

From Scientific American. Thanks to Karen Selick for pointing this out.

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Editor’s note: The following is an edited excerpt from a chapter in Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking(The Cooking Lab, 2011), a six-volume set consisting of 2,348 pages of text and photography.

Scientific research on foodborne pathogens provides the foundation for all food safety rules. Generally speaking, two kinds of research inform us about issues of food safety. The first is laboratory experimentation: for example, testing how much heat will kill a pathogen or render it harmless. Data from these experiments tell us the fundamental facts about pathogens of interest. The second kind of research is investigation of specific outbreaks of foodborne illness. Continue reading


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YES to raw milk in Humboldt County

Here’s an excerpt from the story in yesterday’s Times-Standard:

“The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation on letting local dairymen sell raw milk products to Humboldt consumers on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Citizens are requesting Ordinance 512.4 be rescinded. Please attend this meeting to show your support.

This ordinance does not stop anyone from consuming raw milk. The Public Health Department can do nothing about it. Anyone who owns a cow or is part owner can consume the milk from that animal under a legal contractual arrangement allowed in all 50 States. The disadvantage of a cow share program is the milk isn’t inspected.

Under current California law, raw milk is legal if the dairy is licensed and regularly inspected. Only two dairies meet these guidelines, Organic Pastures in Fresno and Claraville Farm in Paicines. Organic Pastures tests each batch of raw milk and no human pathogens have been found in 10 years. Claravale Dairy has been producing and selling raw milk since 1927 and not one test has shown a pathogen in 87 years. Continue reading

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Seattle Times on raw milk mooovement

Here’s an excerpt from Maureen O’Hagan’s lengthy story for the Seattle Times titled “Is raw unpasteurized milk safe?”:

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“There’s long been a libertarian streak running through the raw-milk crowd. A Christian one, too. Now it’s attracting another demographic entirely: advocates of local food. Dairymen are seizing that opportunity. Five years ago, there were six licensed raw-milk dairies in Washington; today there are 28.

“Unpasteurized milk is a curious thing. It costs up to $13 a gallon. It says right on the carton: “WARNING: This product … may contain harmful bacteria.”

Yet people are passionate about it. Almost evangelistic.

So in early December, when the state announced that raw milk from Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim was linked with three E. coli cases, the reaction was, well … emotional. Continue reading


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Raw milk battle heats up across the U.S.

Excerpts from a recent post on cbcnews.ca:

Kelsey Kozak, 16, pours fresh raw milk through a stainless steel strainer and funnel as her mother Linda Kozak looks at their family farm near Seattle, Wash. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

“Debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk is spilling into courtrooms across the U.S. as proponents of unpasteurized dairy products push to make them easier for consumers to buy.

Supporters of the raw-milk cause say pasteurization, the process of heating milk to destroy bacteria and extend shelf life, destroys important nutrients and enzymes. Continue reading


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Dr. Ted Beals’ talk at International Raw Milk Symposium Jan. 31, ’09, Toronto

These are notes from Dr. Ted Beals which he prepared for his talk January 31st at the International Raw Milk Symposium at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.). Much of this material is based on testimony he gave at Michael Schmidt’s trial in Newmarket during the preceding week. For more on Dr. Beals background and qualifications, see this earlier post.

Focusing my testimony in support of Michael Schmidt in the Ontario Court of Justice, Newmarket

Dr Ted Beals, retired University of Michigan pathologist.

Dr Ted Beals, retired University of Michigan pathologist.

Good Morning. Dr. Hull and I will be presenting some items from our testimony over the last couple of days.

My first opinion for the court as an expert witness was that: Milk is inherently a highly nutritious and healthy food that should be an important component of the general public’s diet. It is a complete food, and provides the total source of nutrition and water for newborn mammals during a critical and active time in their development. Milk has historically, and continues currently, to contribute to the Public Health and Safety.

I can not imagine that anyone wishes to argue against this statement. In the four inch thick bundle of expert witness documents submitted by the crown there is nothing that refutes this fact. Continue reading


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