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Wisconsin Raw Milk Dairy Farmer’s Business Improves After Prosecution

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What’s Wisconsin’s “raw milk outlaw” been up to since the state appeals court upheld his misdemeanor conviction on July 17 and imposed a $1,000 fine? Well, according to a recent profile by the Wisconsin State Journal, Vernon Hershberger is back home on the farm with his 10 children building up membership in his raw milk… Continue Reading

Big Island’s Rainbow Papaya Growers Say Exemption From New GE Ban Isn’t Enough

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Being exempted from the Big Island’s new ban on genetically engineered crops will not protect Rainbow papaya growers from dramatic harm, says a top industry leader. Ross Sibucao, president of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, is among several farm and ranch leaders from the County of Hawaii who have filed declarations in U.S. District Court… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Seizure Stirs Debate in Michigan

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Michigan farmers and some of their downstate customers are still talking about an enforcement action taken two weeks ago by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The incident has prompted hundreds of comments on local newspaper and Facebook pages. A delivery truck from Standish, MI-based My Family Co-Op was making its run south on Interstate 75… Continue Reading

As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

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On a hillside in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, tomato plants line walkable pathways just off the sidewalk, while, farther uphill, honeybees buzz around various flowing shrubs near a wooden apiary. The urban garden is certainly a unique sight considering its location just blocks from the I-5 freeway and a five-minute drive from two major sports… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Restaurants Hope to See Green

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New color-coded placards informing diners about food-safety violations are about to appear in Hawaii restaurants. The rule was implemented in February, but the Hawaii Department of Health wanted to spend a few months educating restaurant workers before requiring them to comply. The placards are now expected to be posted by the end of July. Green… Continue Reading

5,000 Customers Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis A at Missouri Red Robin

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is vaccinating customers of a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A between May 8-16. Health officials are worried that 5,000 people may have been exposed after a restaurant worker was diagnosed with the virus. In order for the vaccine to work, it must… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The NSLP Dropouts

Opinion

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A suburban Chicago school superintendent has obtained permission from his board of directors to withdraw from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). David Schuler, who runs Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL, told Boston public radio station WBUR that his district will be better off without the approximately $900,000 from federal taxpayers… Continue Reading

Raw Milk is Ongoing Hazard, CDC Warns Public Health Workers

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Last week, the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention sent a letter to state and territorial public health officials with information and resources on the risks of consuming raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. Raw milk is a recognized source of severe infections from pathogens such as E. coli O157, Campylobacter and Salmonella,… Continue Reading