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CDC’s 2018 ‘Yellow Book’ offers food safety advice for travelers

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The CDC’s 2018 edition of it’s“Health Information for International Travel” guide is now available and accessible for free online. Often referred to simply as the “Yellow Book” for it’s yellow cover, the updated edition is also available in hard copy through online booksellers and Oxford University Press. The guide’s new edition features revisions, new sections,… Continue Reading

Ontario court could permanently shut down raw milk sales

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Raw milk advocates on both sides of the 48th parallel are worried about the outcome of a trial in Ontario because they fear it could provide the template for ending sales of milk without pasteurization throughout Canada. The trial almost seems like a re-run because it involves the Crown versus Ontario’s best known raw milk… Continue Reading

FDA asked to allow interstate sales of raw milk with warnings

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This spring’s state legislative season left raw milk advocates largely disappointed, but they’ve gotten up off the mat with a new federal strategy being advanced by a new group with new lawyers. The new strategy comes in the form of a citizen petition filed last month with the Food and Drug Administration’s docket management unit… Continue Reading

What are the odds? 840 times more likely for raw milk drinkers

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Based on statistics from the five-year period 2009-2014, people who drink unpasteurized, raw milk are 840 times more likely to contract a foodborne illness than those who drink pasteurized milk. The statistics, included in a research report scheduled for publication in the upcoming June issue of “Emerging Infectious Diseases” also show raw milk drinkers are… Continue Reading

FDA report shows cheese maker knew of Listeria in facility

Two dead in Listeria outbreak traced to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York

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The owner of Vulto Creamery, whose raw milk cheese has killed at least two people in a multi-state Listeria outbreak, had been getting positive results for the pathogen from his equipment and production plant for at least 20 months before he initiated a recall in March. Inspections of Johannes H. Vulto’s cheese-making operation in Walton,… Continue Reading

Sales of raw milk remain illegal under Montana’s Big Sky

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House Bill 325, which would have provided a small herd exemption for raw milk sales, is probably dead for the legislative session after failing Tuesday to get a majority vote on second reading in the Montana Senate. Sponsored by State Rep. Nancy Balance, HB 325 passed the Montana House on Feb. 22 on a 69-to-30… Continue Reading

Lawmaker has ‘insurance’ ready if Montana OKs raw milk sales

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Montana State Sen. Diane Sands knows from her own studies as the retired development director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula that infant mortality improved and stillbirths declined after pasteurized milk became available. That’s why the Missoula Democrat is sponsoring a labeling bill as a kind of insurance against the possibility that either of… Continue Reading

Raw milk, tap water on survey about Nebraska outbreak

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Nebraska health officials want the public’s help with an investigation of a possible outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses in and around the Beaver City. Even people who have not been sick are being asked to complete a survey, which includes questions about consuming unpasteurized milk, sources of tap water and dining at area restaurants. “If your… Continue Reading

New York consumer alert: Listeria in Winters Grass raw milk

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Friday warned consumers in Oneida County and the surrounding area not to consume unpasteurized, raw milk from Winters Grass Farm because of positive tests for Listeria contamination. The Winters Grass Farm is on Butler Road in Sauquoit, NY.  The ag department did not yet know… Continue Reading

Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative season nears end

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Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk… Continue Reading