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Controversy Over Raw-Milk Cheese May Come to a Head



(This article by Lincoln Broadbooks was originally published Sept. 29, 2014, on the Kansas City Star’s Chow Town site and is reposted here with his permission.) Raw-milk cheese has been in the news over the past couple months. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been reviewing its raw-milk standards for cheese for the past… Continue Reading

Homemade Queso Fresco Sickens 12 in Minnesota with Salmonella


Twelve people in Minnesota have fallen ill with Salmonella poisoning after eating unpasteurized, homemade queso fresco, a Mexican-style cheese, according to a joint statement released by the state departments of health and agriculture, and the City of Minneapolis. At least eight patients were hospitalized after eating the product, and another two were hospitalized from secondary… Continue Reading

FDA Hones in on Limited Raw Milk Cheese Despite Absence of a Single Documented Case in 23 Years


(I have spent much of the last week reading a 189-page report issued jointly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, with the dry title, “Joint FDA/Health Canada Quantitative Assessment of the Risk of Listeriosis from Soft-Ripened Cheese Consumption in the United States and Canada”. The reading is as dry as the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: ’60-Day Rule.’ The Facts

After the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Bravo raw milk gouda cheese that sickened 38 (one with HUS), the New York Times is quickly becoming the go to newspaper for cheese lovers. Bill Neuman wrote yet another article on cheese – “Raw Milk Cheesemakers Fret Over Possible New Rules” – after Food Safety… Continue Reading

Dairy Pro Offers Food Safety Strategies

Toss a food-safety coin up in the air. Which side do you want to see facing up when it lands? Prevention? Or recalls and lawsuits? That was the underlying question that Marc Bates, senior dairy consultant, posed to a group of small-scale dairy producers during his recent presentation about changes to the Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

Is 60-Day Rule Still Valid for Raw-Milk Cheese?

Recent recalls of raw-milk cheese have drawn increased attention to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule that requires cheese made from unpasteurized milk to age for a minimum of 60 days before sale. For more than a decade, both the FDA and numerous food research groups have been working to answer the question:… Continue Reading

Bravo Farms Resumes Selling Cheese

A California cheese maker whose raw milk Gouda was the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 38 people is back in business and says it will now pasteurize its cheese–at least for the time being. Bravo Farms of Traver, CA., a pioneer of artisan-crafted cheese in the state, recalled its inventory in November… Continue Reading

Morningland Dairy Trial Coming to a Close

On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 11, the trial at the Howell County Court House began in order to determine whether 50,000 pounds of cheese produced at Morningland Dairy LLC, a local raw milk cheese manufacturer located in the Ozarks between Mountain View and Willow Springs, MO, will be destroyed despite no reports of illness…. Continue Reading

E. Coli Prompts Recall of Gourmet Raw Milk Cheese

A longtime, highly respected Pacific Northwest cheesemaker has been linked through an epidemiological investigation and a confirmed culture sample to an E. coli outbreak, resulting in a nationwide recall of all its gourmet raw milk cheese and revealing sanitation problems at the dairy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that Sally Jackson Cheese… Continue Reading

Bravo Farms Recalls All Its Cheese

A California company whose raw milk Gouda-style cheese was the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 38 people in five states has now recalled its entire inventory. The expanded recall of all Bravo Farms cheese was announced Tuesday by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).  The company said it… Continue Reading