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Beach Beat: Cheers to West Virginia’s Bureau of Public Health

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There’s good news out of West Virginia in the wake of a state delegate’s illegal distribution of raw milk in the halls of the Mountain State’s Capitol. As I mentioned in this space in late March, I was disgusted by both Delegate Scott Cadle’s public flouting of state law and the failure of West Virginia… Continue Reading

Lawmaker seeks increased access amid raw milk warnings

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As Louisiana lawmakers consider whether to allow on-farm sales of raw milk, health officials in Utah and Tennessee are echoing last month’s federal warning about the dangers of drinking raw milk, citing outbreaks and deaths. As many as 3 percent of the people in the United States drink raw — aka unpasteurized — milk, according… Continue Reading

Michigan’s S. Serra Cheese accepts permanent injunction

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During much of the 18 months it was in court, it appeared that the Clinton, MI-based S. Serra Cheese Co. was going contest an injunction against it brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in August 2014. But a permanent injunction has now been entered against the Macomb County company and its co-owners… Continue Reading

2 million base pairs later: CDC stands by DNA evidence

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Last month, when health officials reported they discovered a pathogenic connection between raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy and two illnesses in 2014 — one in California and the other in Florida — a wave of disbelief and condemnation began rippling out from the raw milk community. News stories about the announcement from the Centers… Continue Reading

Listeria cases, including one death, linked via DNA to raw milk

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Producer proclamations and consumer testimonials to the contrary, the new evidence is about the risk of raw milk with the latest discovery being Listeria infections — one of them fatal — now linked to raw milk from Miller’s Organic Farm in Pennsylvania. Federal officials announced today that two people, one in California who recovered and one in Florida who died,… Continue Reading

California warns against soft cheeses, cites Salmonella uptick

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California health officials issued a warning Thursday about the dangers of eating illegally manufactured Mexican-style soft cheeses, which are often sold by street vendors, because of a “dramatic increase” in Salmonella infections since late 2015. At least 50 people have been confirmed with three different strains of Salmonella since November, according to a statement from Dr. Karen… Continue Reading

Capitol crud or unpasteurized pathogens, a gut-wrenching tale

Opinion

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What’s more ironic than a raw milk fan sharing unpasteurized milk with fellow legislators in celebration of a new herd-share law and having the toasts coincidentally followed by an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness? One of the reporters who broke the story is named Gutman. And I thought Coral Beach was a great byline. The gut-wrenching… Continue Reading

Animal ownership agreements offer a route to raw milk in WV

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A law permitting shared animal ownership agreements as the legal vessel for consuming raw milk has been singed into law in West Virginia by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Last year, the Democratic governor vetoed a similar bill, saying it would pose a serious health risk to public health because unpasteurized milk, aka raw milk, contains bacteria… Continue Reading

State says Organic Pastures raw milk caused outbreak

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California officials say a January E. coli outbreak was caused by unpasteurized raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. because laboratory analysis shows the victims’ infections match a “very unusual” type of E. coli found at the dairy and in its products. Ten people, mostly children, are confirmed to have been infected with the outbreak… Continue Reading

More E. coli victims identified in California raw milk outbreak

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California officials say the case count in the E. coli outbreak linked to unpasteurized raw milk from an organic dairy in Fresno is increasing, but they aren’t saying much else. As of Monday, 10 people have been confirmed with “closely related strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157:H7,” according to a spokesman for the California… Continue Reading