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South Africa hit by deadliest listeriosis outbreak in history

The deadly and record-setting listeriosis outbreak in South Africa isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Food is the suspected cause, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source. Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more listeriosis deaths in the outbreak, bringing the… Continue Reading

Court shuts down large raw milk co-op; advocate done fighting

The outcome feared by raw milk advocates on both sides of the 48th parallel is now a reality. A judge in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, issued a permanent injunction against Our Farm Our Food Co-op. Justice P.W. Sutherland’s ruling — which restrains any further raw milk production without licenses — applies to all who know of… Continue Reading

State says ceasing Brucella vaccinations could reduce illnesses

Somewhat mixed messages are coming from health and agriculture officials in Pennsylvania in relation to antibiotic-resistant Brucella infections traced to unpasteurized, raw milk. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture sent raw milk producers an alert about “several cases of brucellosis in humans” and suggested they stop vaccinating their cattle for Brucella. The letter, provided to Food… Continue Reading

Briefly: Ultraviolet decon — ‘Rotten’ on Netflix — Puppy update

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Ultraviolet pulses prove promising Fort Valley State University in Georgia is researching uses of a $35,000 pulsed ultraviolet… Continue Reading

Dairy recalls raw milk for E. coli; best-by dates through Dec. 23

Anyone who has whole, raw milk on hand from Old Silvana Creamery should not consume it, according to the dairy owner, because samples of it have tested positive for E. coli, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal illnesses. Jim Sinnema, owner, issued the recall today for the milk, which has best-by dates between Dec…. Continue Reading

CDC says all Udder Milk customers need medical treatment

Anyone who consumed raw milk or raw milk products from Udder Milk in the past six months, especially pregnant women, should immediately seek medical care and start antibiotic therapy for brucellosis. The Tuesday warning from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the strongest yet in a series of state and federal alerts… Continue Reading

New York officials warn against raw milk from Udder Milk

New York health and agriculture officials are warning the public to not buy or consume unpasteurized, raw milk from Udder Milk in New Jersey because of the danger of contracting an antibiotic-resistant form of food poisoning. Federal law prohibits transporting unpasteurized milk across state lines for sale. New York law prohibits the sale of unpasteurized,… Continue Reading

FDA warns against Udder Milk; urges treatment even if not sick

Two states have ordered New Jersey company to stop illegal distribution of unpasteurized milk

Additional state and federal investigators have joined New Jersey, issuing public warnings about unpasteurized, raw milk being illegally distributed by Udder Milk. The milk has been linked to a case of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. New Jersey’s Department of Health ordered the company — self-described as a “co-op on wheels” — to cease and desist its illegal… Continue Reading

New Jersey orders Udder Milk to stop illegally selling raw milk

Rare, antibiotic-resistant Brucella bacteria confirmed in raw milk drinkers in New Jersey, Texas

Public health officials have ordered a New Jersey company to cease and desist its illegal sales of unpasteurized, raw milk following confirmation that a woman who drank it was infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. The New Jersey Department of Health issued cease-and-desist orders to Udder Milk on Friday, but did not post the news on is website until… Continue Reading

Canadian raw milk crusader serving 60 days — on weekends

Canada’s best known raw milk crusader, Ottawa’s Michael Schmidt, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail after being found guilty of obstructing a peace officer. His conviction last month stemmed from an Oct. 2, 2015, incident at his Durham area farm when Schmidt and others confronted officers executing a valid search warrant. Schmidt’s confrontations… Continue Reading