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Food Safety Legislation Continues Brisk Pace Set Last Year

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Texas will likely find out today if the third time is the charm for Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn’s (no relation) bill to allow raw milk to be sold at farmer’s markets and directly to consumers in their homes. The bill is scheduled to be heard this morning in the Public Health Committee, where a… Continue Reading

Raw Milk From Pennsylvania Dairy Tests Positive for Salmonella

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning the public not to consume raw milk from the Breezy Meadows Dairy in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, PA, because of the risk of Salmonella contamination. Instead, consumers are being advised to discard it immediately. Raw (unpasteurized) milk collected April 7, 2015, during routine sampling by a commercial laboratory tested positive for the… Continue Reading

Washington Dairy Recalls Raw Milk and Cream After Positive Listeria Test

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A raw milk dairy in Washington state has voluntarily recalled some of its raw milk and cream products after a recent routine test found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a sample of raw cream. Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA, has recalled all of its raw cow’s milk and goat’s milk and cream with expiration dates… Continue Reading

Listeria Found in Raw Milk in Southern New York State

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The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets is warning consumers in Sullivan County and surrounding southern areas of the state not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Richard Dirie Farm because the product may be contaminated with Listeria. The Dirie Farm is located in Livingston Manor, NY. On April 7, an inspector… Continue Reading

West Virginia Governor Vetoes Raw Milk Herdshare Bill

Supporters plan to try again next session

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Bucking the headwinds of an 81-19 vote in the West Virginia House of Delegates (18-16 in the Senate) for legislation that would have allowed dairy farmers to provide raw milk through herdshare arrangements, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill on Thursday. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria that might… Continue Reading

Report to MD Government: Raw Milk Benefits Don’t Outweigh Health Risks

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Drinking raw milk has an increased risk of foodborne illness, according to a report prepared for the Maryland General Assembly. Last year, the House of Delegates’ Health and Operations Committee was considering a bill to legalize the on-farm sale of unpasteurized milk in Maryland and asked researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future… Continue Reading

CA Issues Public Health Warning About Raw Milk

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The state with the largest retail sales of raw milk in the United States is warning consumers that the consumption of unpasteurized (raw) dairy products may cause serious illness. The warning from Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and State Health Officer, was issued because six Northern California residents… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Products Recalled in CA for Campylobacter Contamination

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Raw milk products produced by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, CA, are subject to a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones on Sunday. The order follows a positive test for Campylobacter in the farm’s raw milk and raw cream from samples collected by the California Department of… Continue Reading

Maine Legislature May Go Along With Governor on Raw Milk

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A state Senate committee working session on Thursday should signal whether the Maine Legislature will go along with Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage’s desire to limit raw milk producers who are exempted from state licensing and inspection requirements to “on farm only” sales. LePage carved out his raw milk stance last session when he vetoed Legislative… Continue Reading

Minnesota Raw Milk Dairy Farmer Claims ‘Right to Peddle’ His Products

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A district court judge in Minnesota is being asked to decide if a “right to peddle” clause in the state constitution means that Grand Marais raw milk dairy farmer is free to go about his business without interference from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Cook County Judge Michael Cuzzo has 90 days to make his… Continue Reading