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Some Raw Milk From WA Creamery Recalled for Possible Campylobacter Contamination

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Some batches of raw milk from the Old Silvana Creamery in Arlington, WA, are reportedly being recalled for potential Campylobacter contamination. The recall only affects the creamery’s raw milk with expiration dates of Jan. 23 and 24, said Jim Sinnema, farm manager. Sinnema said he sent a weekly milk sample to an independent lab for testing last week,… Continue Reading

EFSA: Raw Milk Risks Need to be Better Communicated

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The risks associated with drinking raw milk need to be better communicated to consumers, concludes a Scientific Opinion published Tuesday by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) was tasked with identifying the main microbiological hazards associated with drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk from various animals, assessing the public health risk… Continue Reading

Food Safety Not a Likely Hot Topic for 2015 Legislatures

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Is it possible that enough cottage food bills got passed to carry the economy through to recovery, that most folks are happy with their raw-milk laws, and that the once-heralded “food freedom” movement never got out of a few towns in Maine (whose names no one can remember now)? State legislatures in California, Montana, Wisconsin,… Continue Reading

Australian State Restricts Raw ‘Bath’ Milk After Boy’s Death

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Following the death of a 3-year-old boy and hospitalizations of other children last month, the Australian state of Victoria has significantly restricted the sale of raw milk labeled as “bath” milk, which is said to be labeled as such to circumvent Australia’s ban on sales of raw milk for human consumption. Beginning Jan. 1, all… Continue Reading

The Top 10 Food-Safety News Stories of 2014

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The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with unprecedented… Continue Reading

CDC: Raw Milk-Related Outbreaks on the Rise

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During the three years from 2007 to 2009, 30 foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. were connected to raw milk consumption. Yet, in the next three years, from 2010 to 2012, that number rose to 51, according to a new study published in the January issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed monthly journal published… Continue Reading

Australian Boy, 3, Dies in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

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A 3-year-old boy has died and four other children have fallen ill in an E. coli and Cryptosporidium outbreak linked to raw milk sold by a company based in Victoria, Australia. The milk, Mountain View Organic Bath Milk, was labeled as being “for cosmetic use only” and “not for human consumption,” as well as “organic,… Continue Reading

Raw-Milk Advocates Plan Another Effort in West Virginia Legislature

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Both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature switched to Republican control, enough that Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R-Cabell) thinks her colleagues may be more “liberty minded” in 2015. During the 2014 session, Sobonya sponsored two bills to promote raw milk sales in the state, but both measures were killed in committee. When the legislature convenes in… Continue Reading

The Boy Who Milked Cows: New Governor Inherits Proposed Raw Milk Regulations

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Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner claims he was milking cows by age eight, which makes it likely he also drank some raw milk while growing up. But, during the campaign that saw him unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday night, the incoming Republican governor did not say whether he would allow raw milk regulations pending in the… Continue Reading

Listeria Found in Raw Milk at New York Dairy

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Consumers in Sullivan County, NY, and surrounding areas are being warned not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Richard Dirie Farm due to possible Listeria contamination. The farm is located at 1345 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor, NY, about 100 miles southwest of Albany. Officials with the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets said… Continue Reading