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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

Colombian Style Cheese Recalled for Potential Staph Contamination

Same cheese recalled one week earlier for improper pasteurization

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A New York-based company is recalling a Colombian-style cheese product because it may be contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The recall comes a week after the New York State Department of Agriculture (NYSDA) warned consumers not to eat this same cheese because it had not been properly pasteurized. Tita Corp. of Glendale, NY issued a… Continue Reading

Fresh Cheese Recalled for Improper Pasteurization

A New York company is voluntarily recalling a Columbian-style cheese product because it was made with milk that was not properly pasteurized. Glendale, NY-based Productos Tita Corp issued the recall after a milk inspector from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets visited its cheese plant on June 17 and found that proper… Continue Reading

Campylobacter Cases from Raw Milk Dairy Rise to 60

The number of confirmed Campylobacter illnesses linked to raw milk from Your Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg, PA has risen to 60, according to the latest report Friday from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since Food Safety News last reported on Tuesday that the dairy had resumed production after passing a state health inspection, an additional… Continue Reading

Dairy Industry: Not the Animal It Is Alleged to Be

Aside from many comments disagreeing with the topic being worthy of Food Safety News publishing, Michele Simon’s Nov. 21 opinion piece, “Dairy Industry Making a Killing, by Killing Cows?,” is even further from the truth than it is relevancy.  Simon addresses a class action filed September 26, 2011 that charges the dairy industry with federal… Continue Reading