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Network of raw camel milk operations spurs FDA warnings

This farm in Lancaster county, PA, is one of a handful of camel milking operations in the United States. Photo by Dreamstime

A Saudi entrepreneur who runs a California-based raw milk network that stretches across the United States is on notice from the FDA to stop making illegal claims about the therapeutic benefits of unpasteurized milk, including raw camel milk. In a warning letter dated Sept. 15, 2016, and recently made public, the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Michigan governor nixes bill to kill mushroom certification

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An anti-regulation bill that would have eliminated a training requirement for people selling wild mushrooms to food establishments in Michigan has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The measure, HB 5532, was approved along party lines by the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives and Senate — 57-52 in the House and 26-11 with one not voting… Continue Reading

UK’s raw milk vending machine outbreak expands; 56 sick

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Editor’s note: For details on efforts in New Jersey and Texas to allow in-state sales of unpasteurized raw milk, the interstate sale of which is prohibited by federal law, please see “Raw milk advocates make the most of anti-reg mood in U.S.”  One carry-over from 2016 in United Kingdom is Campylobacter, remaining in 2017 as… Continue Reading

Raw milk advocates make the most of anti-reg mood in U.S.

England shuts down raw milk producer in midst of outbreak that has sickened 56 people

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The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislature (NLCS) says No. 3 on its Top 10 climate-setting trends for 2017 is “Regulations on Review.”   “Rules and regulations at all levels of government are on the hot seat,” says the Denver-based NLCS. “State legislators will be busy in several policy areas deciding what needs to be regulated… Continue Reading

Warning: Staph found in Stone Meadow Farm raw milk cheese

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Pennsylvania officials are warning consumers who have purchased certain raw milk cheeses from Stone Meadow Farm to discard them immediately because samples from the dairy have tested positive for the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus. Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected samples at the dairy in Centre County on Dec. 12. The cheeses were made… Continue Reading

Missouri dairy told to stop interstate sales of raw camel milk

This farm in Lancaster county, PA, is one of a handful of camel milking operations in the United States. Photo by Dreamstime

A Missouri dairy owner is on notice from the FDA for selling unpasteurized, raw camel milk in interstate commerce, with the agency discounting the dairyman’s contention that camel milk is not covered by federal law. The Food and Drug Administration’s Kansas City district office sent a warning letter to Samuel P. Hostetler, owner of Hump-Back… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Dairies and cheese factory cited

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Wisconsin and Utah dairy operations and a cheese factory in Pennsylvania received warning letters recently made public by the Food and Drug Administration. LeRaysville Cheese Factory Inc. in LeRaysville, PA The Philadelphia district office of the FDA sent a warning letter Sept. 2 to owner Milton Repsher describing “significant” food safety violations at the repacking… Continue Reading

Few pesticide worries in latest California sampling data

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Almost four out of 10 samples of both domestically grown and imported fruits and vegetables that were put to the test by California showed no signs of pesticide residue — whatsoever. Coming two weeks after federal pesticide residue testing results for 2015 were released, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has come out with its own findings,… Continue Reading

CDC identifies bacteria that killed 3 who ate church meal

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A Thanksgiving Day meal served by a church group in Antioch, CA, that killed three people was evidently contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium perfringens. “Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S. It can be found in the human intestine without hurting us, but eating food containing large amounts of… Continue Reading

FDA warns against Apple Tree goat cheeses because of Listeria

To see labels for all of the recalled varieties of goat cheese from Apple Tree Goat Dairy, click on the image.

A federal consumer advisory warns the public against eating goat cheese products made by Apple Tree Goat Dairy of Richfield, PA, because Listeria monocytogenes has been confirmed in the company’s products and production facility. The cheeses were sold in Washington D.C. and Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia through the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative and… Continue Reading