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Chinese Demand for Dairy Products Spurs U.S. Exports

Opinion

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What happens when 1.36 billion people in China migrate toward cities, draw middle-class wages and shift toward “Western” foods such as ice cream, cheese pizza and strawberry-flavored milk? One result: larger profits for U.S. dairy processors, who, like dairy exporters in other countries, are charging record prices for their products at home and abroad, according to… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Excessive Drug Levels Top List of Latest Food Problems

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Illegal levels of drug residues in food animals topped the list of problems with food producers in the latest round of warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for alleged violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. FDA stated that Floyd Raber of Millersburg, OH, sold a veal calf for slaughter that contained… Continue Reading

Penn State Receives Anonymous $1M Donation Dedicated to Food Science

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Pennsylvania Sate University’s food science department received a $1 million dollar anonymous donation in honor of a professor emeritus in the department, announced the university Tuesday. The large gift was designated in honor of former Penn State food science professor Philip Keeney, who became famous at the school in 1955 for teaching the Penn State… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Dairies, Beef Producers, Juice Makers, Seafood Processors

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A relatively large number of food producers received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since Food Safety News‘ last update. On the list are six dairies and a number of beef producers, juice makers and seafood processors. Most of the dairies were cited for illegal drug residues. Hillcrest Dairy in PA sold a cow… Continue Reading

Taking Aim at Microbes on Farm Good Strategy for Food Safety

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Just because you can’t see something with the naked eye doesn’t mean it isn’t there. While that statement certainly doesn’t qualify as rocket science, it is, nevertheless, an important message to heed when it comes to microscopic beings such as harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make animals and people sick. In a report,… Continue Reading

Governor Sandoval: Don’t Legalize Raw Milk in Nevada

Opinion

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Dear Governor Sandoval: Seven years ago when my son became severely ill after drinking contaminated raw milk, I knew very little about the realities of contracting a foodborne illness. Despite the fact I’m educated and hold a master’s degree, I was naïve about foodborne pathogens.  We all know someone who has eaten something and then… Continue Reading

How the Vernon Hershberger Food Licensing Trial Could Shift Views on Food Safety

Opinion

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On its face, the upcoming trial of Vernon Hershberger, which starts today, is about food and dairy licensing and the Wisconsin farmer’s refusal to seek out certain permits. Hershberger is accused of four criminal misdemeanors. The first three include failing to have a retail food establishment license, operating a dairy farm as a milk producer without… Continue Reading

Two Major Farm Groups Take Opposite Tack on Raw Milk

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Always a controversial topic, raw milk has landed smack dab in the middle of a tug-of-war policy disagreement between two major farm groups. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful, and at times deadly, pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Pulling on one end of the rope in favor… Continue Reading

The Raw Milk Battle in Iowa Continues

Opinion

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For the fourth straight year, a bill that legalizes on-farm sales of unpasteurized milk or milk products directly to individuals has been introduced in the Iowa House. The bill, HSB131, would also allow the dairy farmer to deliver the unpasteurized milk to the consumer, as well as sell it at farmers markets.  Current Iowa law… Continue Reading

Leafy Greens, Dairy Top Foodborne Illness Causes at Turn of 21st Century

Poultry leading cause of death

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A review of eleven years of foodborne illness data has revealed that, between 1998 and 2008, leafy green vegetables and dairy sickened the greatest number of people, while poultry caused the most deaths. Government researchers identified 4,589 outbreaks linked to one known food source during this time period. These outbreaks caused a total of 120,321… Continue Reading