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Federal investigation of raw milk farm expands to buying clubs


Miller’s Organic Farm is not having a good year. In March, it was associated with a raw milk Listeria outbreak involving one fatality. A judge then approved USDA’s request to inspect the farm, which led to requests for sales records. Now, Amish owner Amos Miller has been ordered back to court on Nov. 1 where he… Continue Reading

Indiana seeks hunters’ help; urges caution when field dressing

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Indiana officials are warning hunters to be aware of bovine tuberculosis in wild deer and to take precautions when field dressing animals. The first case of wild bovine tuberculosis in the state was documented in August in a 2-year-old, white-tailed doe. Upon the discovery, other animals in the area were tested and the disease was… Continue Reading

Ontario court could shut down raw milk distribution, promotion


The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today and tomorrow in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles. The hearing will determine if the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health were correct… Continue Reading

Raw milk distribution ongoing despite Campylobacter outbreak

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As may as 20 people are sick in Colorado in an ongoing Campylobacter outbreak, with multiple public health agencies reporting the most likely cause is raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch — some of which appears to have been distributed illegally. “All the individuals who were sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch,”… Continue Reading

New Mexico parasite infection outbreak linked to raw milk


For the first time since CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last year documented two siblings with cryptosporidiosis associated with raw milk consumption, a state is blaming an invasion of the microscopic parasites on raw milk. New Mexico officials want people to dump raw milk, warning the Cryptosporidium parasite causes a diarrheal disease known as cryptosporidiosis…. Continue Reading

Nine Salmonella illnesses linked to raw milk from Utah dairy


Officials with the Utah Department of Health are investigating nine cases of Salmonella infection in people who reported drinking raw milk from a family-run dairy in Midland, UT. Those sickened were from at least three counties along the Wasatch Front, a department spokeswoman said. Two of the nine were hospitalized but have recovered. Illness onset dates were March… Continue Reading

Michigan warns against raw milk; two children sick from E. coli

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Michigan public health officials are urging consumers to avoid drinking or serving unpasteurized, raw milk because of two recent cases of E. coli infections in young children. Both of the children, in Oakland and Wayne counties, consumed raw milk in the days before becoming sick with what turned out to be E. coli O157:H7. “Raw… Continue Reading

Study finds ‘amazing’ bacterial diversity in transported raw milk

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Researchers at the University of California-Davis report that samples of raw cow’s milk shipped by tanker truck for processing show “amazing bacterial diversity” which varies by season. Their findings were reported Aug. 23 in mBio, the online, open-access journal of the American Society of Microbiology. The researchers sampled and analyzed raw cow’s milk from 899 tanker trucks as they… Continue Reading

Very few Canadians sign petition to legalize raw milk


The deadline is noon today, but unless there is a morning groundswell of activity one might easily come to the conclusion that Canadians don’t give a rip about making raw milk legal. An official House of Commons petition to Canada’s Minister of Health has collected a mere 4,877 signatures since it became available online April 13… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Raw milk — a different kind of choice/life debate


Discussing pros and cons of unpasteurized milk, from left, Theodore Beals, Jeffrey Farber, Jeff Kornacki and Joseph Heckman at the IAFP 2016 Conference in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Organizers billed the raw milk debate at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection as an “Amicable Exchange of Experts.” To the extent that the experts refrained from name calling and the use of profanity, the IAFP program was correct. In fact, after taking turns at the podium, the… Continue Reading