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Montana House OKs some raw milk sales, sends bill to Senate

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With strong support from Republican members, the Montana House of Representatives approved a bill to allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk by more than a two-to-one margin this week. Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 now goes to the Montana Senate for consideration. Balance, a Republican, joined with 55 other members of the GOP… Continue Reading

Second dairy – Cozy Vale Creamery – pulls raw milk for E. coli

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For the second time this month unpasteurized raw milk is being pulled from retail dairy cases in Washington because of E. coli contamination. This time it’s Cozy Vale Creamery of Tenino, WA. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered the contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk and is working with the… Continue Reading

State confirms E. coli in more raw milk from Pride & Joy

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It is unclear whether Pride & Joy Creamery will expand its current recall of unpasteurized raw milk now that state officials have revealed additional positive test results for E. coli in the dairy’s milk. On Feb. 8, the Toppenish, WA, dairy recalled all of its raw milk with best-by dates from Feb. 10 through Feb…. Continue Reading

Montana House committee OKs raw milk bill by 12-11 vote

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A bill that would allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in Montana is scheduled for a second reading before the state’s full House of Representatives today after earning committee approval by a one-vote margin. The House has until March 30 to advance Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 to the Montana Senate for consideration…. Continue Reading

Errington cheese back on sale despite Scottish warning, death

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One of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd.  products returned to the market earlier this week against the wishes of the country’s top food safety agency. Sales of the Errington cheeses were banned in September because of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened 26 people and caused the death of a three-year-old child. After getting the… Continue Reading

Raw milk bill part of package to boost farm and ranch income

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The bill to make the direct sale of raw milk legal in Montana is part of a package to boost farm and ranch incomes in the Big Sky State. The package includes cottage food legislation along with an agri-tourism section in addition to allowing milk to be sold without the benefit of pasteurization. All three topics are… Continue Reading

Keep the love alive …

... and the pathogens dead; be safe with Valentine's Day oysters

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Oysters and champagne. Love is in the air. It must be Valentine’s Day. Yes, indeed, oysters have long been associated with romance — the perfect aphrodisiac. There’s actually some science to back that up, although it’s about the way rats, not humans, responded to oysters in a 2005 study done by a team of Italian… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Organic dairy recalls raw milk for E. coli; two sick

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UPDATED CONTENT: Washington state officials have clarified that the two illnesses that spurred their investigation at Pride & Joy Dairy were Salmonella infections in people who reported consuming the dairy’s raw milk before becoming ill. The state did not find Salmonella in the company’s milk, but it did find toxin-producing E. coli and asked the… Continue Reading

Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

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Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

Montana lawmaker again pushing for unpasteurized milk sales

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Against the recommendations of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a state representative is trying for a third time to muster support for legalizing the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in the state. Introduced by Rep. Nancy Ballance, a Republican, House Bill 325 would allow herd- and animal-share programs to distribute raw… Continue Reading