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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

Organic Pastures recalls raw milk

A California dairy that sells USDA certified organic raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products is voluntarily recalling its whole milk — that expired on Jan. 23 and 26 — in collaboration with state officials. Fresno-based Organic Pastures Dairy Co. posted the recall on its website and Facebook page Thursday. The dairy has recalled products… Continue Reading

Nation’s Largest Raw Milk Dairy Sues FDA Over Interstate Ban

Organic Pastures, the nation’s largest raw milk dairy, has launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for allegedly turning its back on the dairy’s request for the agency to change its current law banning sales of raw milk across state lines. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill potentially… Continue Reading

Recalled Raw Milk Sold at Nearly 150 California Locations

The California Department of Public Health has published a list of retailers who purchased raw milk that was recalled last week for potential Campylobacter contamination. CDPH named 149 retailers across California who received Organic Pastures’ raw milk, raw skim milk and raw cream, which were recalled Thursday after routine testing by the department revealed the… 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

Rawesome Foods Founder Arrested

In the latest news in the ongoing raw-milk legal saga, 65-year-old James Stewart, founder of Rawesome Foods in Los Angeles County, California, was strong-armed on July 26 by a trio of tough-looking men in street clothes driving unmarked luxury cars who handcuffed him and then slammed him against the back of a car, pressing his… Continue Reading

State Lifts Quarantine on Organic Pastures’ Raw Milk, Raw Milk Products

The statewide quarantine on Organic Pastures’ raw milk and raw-milk products, which was imposed on May 10, has been lifted, with the dairy’s owner, Mark McAfee, joyfully describing that as “breaking news” in a May 17 video on the dairy’s Facebook page.  Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful fecal bacteria… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Did you know? Some Interesting Raw Milk ‘Facts’

When I learned that a Campylobacter outbreak had been linked to raw milk products from Organic Pastures Dairy this week — making this the 4th outbreak linked to that farm since 2006 and the 6th outbreak linked to raw milk just this year — I had to pause to ask, yet again, what is it… Continue Reading

Defiant McAfee Says Raw Milk Recall Will Be ‘Short’

“This is going to be a very short recall.” That’s the prediction Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures near Fresno, shared with Food Safety News in an email Friday after the state of California on May 10 announced a recall and quarantine of the dairy’s raw milk, raw skim milk, raw cream and raw butter. The… Continue Reading

10 Infected with Campylobacter from Raw Milk in California

At least 10 people infected with Campylobacter in California reported drinking Organic Pastures raw milk prior to becoming ill, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Thursday.   Raw milk, raw skim milk (non-fat), raw cream and raw butter produced by the Fresno County dairy have been recalled and are subject to a quarantine… Continue Reading