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FDA ‘pauses’ non-toxigenic E. coli tests for cheese, including raw milk cheese


The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily suspended its cheese testing program for non-toxigenic E. coli, partly in response to complaints from proponents of raw milk and related products. “Recently, cheesemakers have raised concerns suggesting that the FDA is applying safety criteria that may, in effect, limit the production of raw milk cheese without demonstrably benefitting… Continue Reading

Vermont’s Members of Congress Defend Raw Milk Cheese


Vermont’s congressional delegation is upset with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency’s recommendations for the allowable level of a certain bacteria in raw milk cheese. According to Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the new edition of the FDA Compliance Program Guidance Manual released earlier… Continue Reading

FDA Seeking Information on Raw Milk Cheese


On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started collecting public comments on cheese made from unpasteurized milk. Agency officials want any information or scientific data that would help them identify and evaluate measures that might minimize the impact of pathogens in raw milk cheese. The action is partly based on the findings from… Continue Reading

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