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Utah Reports 45 Campylobacter Illnesses Linked to Raw Milk Dairy

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Utah is investigating a cluster of 45 cases of Campylobacter infections associated with the consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk from Weber County. According to public health officials, those reporting illnesses were people who said they drank raw milk before getting sick. Reports include cases from Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties,… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Distribution Schemes Cannot Escape Wisconsin Licensing Requirements

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Attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund lost twice in a single Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision handed down last week in Madison. Farm-to-Consumer attorneys Elizabeth G. Rich and David G. Cox represented two groups of plaintiffs that were both out to trim the regulatory authority of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Raw Milk Dairy Farmer’s Business Improves After Prosecution

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What’s Wisconsin’s “raw milk outlaw” been up to since the state appeals court upheld his misdemeanor conviction on July 17 and imposed a $1,000 fine? Well, according to a recent profile by the Wisconsin State Journal, Vernon Hershberger is back home on the farm with his 10 children building up membership in his raw milk… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Seizure Stirs Debate in Michigan

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Michigan farmers and some of their downstate customers are still talking about an enforcement action taken two weeks ago by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The incident has prompted hundreds of comments on local newspaper and Facebook pages. A delivery truck from Standish, MI-based My Family Co-Op was making its run south on Interstate 75… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Dairy Farmer’s Misdemeanor Guilty Verdict

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Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon D. Hershberger has lost his appeal of the misdemeanor guilty verdict imposed last year by a jury and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Guy D. Reynolds. In a 25-page opinion issued Thursday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Hershberger’s conviction for violating a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection… Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Charge Against Minnesota Raw-Milk Farmer Despite Probation Violations

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Michael Hartmann, the Gibbon, MN, farmer who admitted breaking state law by selling raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products to consumers, has avoided jail time and been released from probation. Sibley County District Court Judge Erica MacDonald determined Wednesday after a hearing in Gaylord, MN, that Hartmann should not be assessed further penalties for… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Might Have a Future in Canada, But Questions Remain

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(The following opinion piece by Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, was published May 15, 2014, in the Montreal Gazette and is reposted here with his permission.) Science-based evidence in food safety seriously compromises any argument for allowing raw milk to… Continue Reading

Two Cases of E. Coli in Western Michigan Linked To Raw Milk

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Two cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in Western Michigan have been linked to consumption of raw milk products from an Ottawa County cow-share program. In March, a 31-year-old Muskegon County woman became ill after drinking raw milk, and, in April, a six-year-old child from Kent County became ill after possible consumption of the raw-milk product…. Continue Reading

‘Maine’s Cliven Bundy’ Gets His Day in State’s Supreme Judicial Court

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Outside Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court this week, Dan Brown was being celebrated as another raw milk outlaw, but inside, one justice was comparing him to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy is the guy who has refused for years to pay U.S. Bureau of Land Management fees for the right to graze his cattle on federal land…. Continue Reading