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Sharon Palmer still not sentenced in raw milk farm scheme

Back in the day when the only test for getting a mortgage was the ability to “fog a mirror,” Sharon Palmer and James Cecil Stewart might have gotten away with it. All they did was to cook up some creative financing so they could exercise an option to purchase the leased Ventura County, CA, farm… Continue Reading

Raw milk producer says state’s testing method is the problem

The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. The 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in… Continue Reading

Salmonella in Organic Pastures raw cream spurs another recall

Organic Pastures Dairy Co. of Fresno, CA, is again recalling its raw milk products because of contamination with pathogens. This time California inspectors found Salmonella bacteria in the company’s raw cream. No illnesses had been linked to the unpasteurized, raw cream as of the posting of the May 9 recall notice by the California Department… Continue Reading

CA Dairyman Fights FDA Over Ban on ‘Raw Butter’ Shipments

Mark McAfee, founder and president of Organic Pastures Dairy, has “lawyered up” before once again taking on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this time over the interstate ban on transporting raw butter. He has enlisted Gary Cox, general counsel to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, to represent him. On March 2, 2015, McAfee filed… Continue Reading

Vegas Raw Milk Supplier Needs Some Luck in Carson City

A business plan announced a year ago for selling raw milk at retail outlets in Las Vegas and other locations around Nevada will fail unless it can surmount a critical legislative barrier on or before April 12.  The plan, announced in April 2012, is for Amargosa Creamery to operate a small dairy to produce raw… Continue Reading

Two Major Farm Groups Take Opposite Tack on Raw Milk

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

Raw Milk Producer Avoids Trial, Opts for Plea Bargain

Minnesota raw milk dairy farmer, Michael O. Hartmann, 59, avoided facing a jury next month by pleading guilty on October 15 to two misdemeanor counts: illegally selling raw milk and raw milk products, and selling other foods such as beef and pork without a proper license. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to… Continue Reading

Organic Pastures Faces Another Recall, Quarantine

Dairy says business is still booming

For the second time in four months, California has issued a statewide recall and quarantine on dairy products from Fresno-based Organic Pastures Dairy. Both of this year’s recalls were triggered by the detection of Campylobacter bacteria in samples of the dairy’s raw cream. In the first recall, imposed on May 10, the bacteria was also… Continue Reading