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CDC: Outbreak from Raw Goat’s Milk Sickened 11 in Idaho in 2014

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At least 11 people in Idaho were sickened with Cryptosporidiosis in August 2014 after consuming unpasteurized goat’s milk, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the first public announcement of outbreak. The outbreak first came to the attention of health authorities when two siblings, both younger… Continue Reading

WI Dairy’s Permit Suspended After Campylobacter Outbreak

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A Pepin County dairy farm’s Grade A permit is being suspended for 30 days, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The farm, owned by Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, WI, supplied the raw milk that caused 38 Campylobacter jejuni infections in those attending a Durand High School event last September…. Continue Reading

Tour of State Legislatures Finds Spotty Interest in Food Safety Issues

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Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look… Continue Reading

PA Consumers Told to Discard Raw Milk Due to Campylobacter Risk

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to immediately discard any raw milk they bought from Apple Valley Creamery in East Berlin, PA. Campylobacter contamination was found in a sample of the milk collected on Jan. 28, reports Fox43. Apple Valley Creamery sells directly to customers and through retailers in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and… Continue Reading

Peak of 2015 Legislative Season Underway for State Lawmakers

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This week marked the beginning of what’s called “the peaking season” for state lawmakers, and it’s seen some food-safety-related bills moving forward without producing any big trends. The “peaking season” refers to the fact that all but three of 50 state legislatures were in session this week, and that lawmaking will continue at this heighten… Continue Reading

Aussie Health Officials Want Consistent Approach to Raw Milk Ban

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Doug Powell, the former Kansas State University professor who reports from Down Under on his popular Barfblog, says that while raw milk is legally sold in Australia as “bath milk” in stores alongside pasteurized milk, those days may be drawing to an end. Michael Baird, premier of New South Wales and leader of the New… Continue Reading

Some Raw Milk From WA Creamery Recalled for Possible Campylobacter Contamination

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Some batches of raw milk from the Old Silvana Creamery in Arlington, WA, are reportedly being recalled for potential Campylobacter contamination. The recall only affects the creamery’s raw milk with expiration dates of Jan. 23 and 24, said Jim Sinnema, farm manager. Sinnema said he sent a weekly milk sample to an independent lab for testing last week,… Continue Reading

EFSA: Raw Milk Risks Need to be Better Communicated

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The risks associated with drinking raw milk need to be better communicated to consumers, concludes a Scientific Opinion published Tuesday by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) was tasked with identifying the main microbiological hazards associated with drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk from various animals, assessing the public health risk… Continue Reading

Food Safety Not a Likely Hot Topic for 2015 Legislatures

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Is it possible that enough cottage food bills got passed to carry the economy through to recovery, that most folks are happy with their raw-milk laws, and that the once-heralded “food freedom” movement never got out of a few towns in Maine (whose names no one can remember now)? State legislatures in California, Montana, Wisconsin,… Continue Reading

Australian State Restricts Raw ‘Bath’ Milk After Boy’s Death

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Following the death of a 3-year-old boy and hospitalizations of other children last month, the Australian state of Victoria has significantly restricted the sale of raw milk labeled as “bath” milk, which is said to be labeled as such to circumvent Australia’s ban on sales of raw milk for human consumption. Beginning Jan. 1, all… Continue Reading