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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

Europe’s raw milk vending machines come in for market scrutiny

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The full 69-page report — Raw Milk Vending Machine Market – Europe Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024 — goes for $4,000, probably too pricy for most. But the teaser that goes with it from the market research firm ReportLinker has enough to suggest the raw milk vending machine business is… Continue Reading

2 dead in multi-state Listeria outbreak traced to Vulto cheese

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Two people are dead and four others are confirmed sick with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk. Vulto Creamery is recalling the cheese from retailers and distributors nationwide. It’s been more than five months since the first outbreak victim became sick on Sept. 1, 2016, but federal officials… Continue Reading

Rhode Island bill would OK retail sales of unpasteurized milk

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A bill to legalize the retail sale of unpasteurized raw milk in Rhode Island remains in a Senate committee, which must act on it by April 13 or see it die. Senate Bill 247 specifies only raw cow’s milk and raw goat’s milk for legalization. It would require warning labels on products and in retail… Continue Reading

Iowa raw milk bills may need life support after today

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Today is the day when bills in the Iowa Senate must clear a Senate Committee or they are pretty much dead for the year. When it comes to Senate Files (SF) 287 and 310, two bills to legalize sales of raw milk, the Senate Agriculture Committee has sent them off to subcommittees. It’s unclear whether either… Continue Reading