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Study finds ‘amazing’ bacterial diversity in transported raw milk

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Researchers at the University of California-Davis report that samples of raw cow’s milk shipped by tanker truck for processing show “amazing bacterial diversity” which varies by season. Their findings were reported Aug. 23 in mBio, the online, open-access journal of the American Society of Microbiology. The researchers sampled and analyzed raw cow’s milk from 899 tanker trucks as they… Continue Reading

Very few Canadians sign petition to legalize raw milk

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The deadline is noon today, but unless there is a morning groundswell of activity one might easily come to the conclusion that Canadians don’t give a rip about making raw milk legal. An official House of Commons petition to Canada’s Minister of Health has collected a mere 4,877 signatures since it became available online April 13… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Raw milk — a different kind of choice/life debate

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Discussing pros and cons of unpasteurized milk, from left, Theodore Beals, Jeffrey Farber, Jeff Kornacki and Joseph Heckman at the IAFP 2016 Conference in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Organizers billed the raw milk debate at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection as an “Amicable Exchange of Experts.” To the extent that the experts refrained from name calling and the use of profanity, the IAFP program was correct. In fact, after taking turns at the podium, the… Continue Reading

Amos Miller is reluctant, but allows FSIS inspection of farm

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Miller’s Organic Farm, was inspected Monday without incident by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). After raw milk from the Lancaster County, PA, farm was linked in March to two illnesses and one death, owner Amos Miller refused repeated attempts by FSIS to inspect the premises. When FSIS agents returned Monday with an Upper… Continue Reading

Texas crackdown on raw milk couriers stirs controversy

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State Rep. Dan Flynn has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton if an apparent crackdown on raw milk couriers by the Texas Department of State Health Services and city health departments is legal. Rep. Flynn, R-Van, has for the past decade been one of raw milk’s biggest advocates in the Texas Legislature. Raw milk may be… Continue Reading

Washington state dairy recalls raw goat milk after E. coli test

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A dairy on Vashon Island, WA, is recalling raw goat milk after state officials detected toxin-producing E. coli in a sample. Burton Hill Farm & Dairy sold the raw goat milk that is now under recall between June 22 and 29. It is labeled with sell-by dates of June 29 and July 1, 2016. “Burton Hill… Continue Reading

Raw milk dairy linked to Listeria cases must submit to USDA inspection

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After three hours of testimony Tuesday, a federal judge ruled Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, located at 648 Millcreek School Road in Bird-in-Hand, PA, must submit to inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The order was handed down from the bench by  Judge Edward G. Smith in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

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Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

New regs offer raw milk dairy farms path to legalization

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July 1 is the start date for new Illinois regulations that allow on-farm sales of raw milk directly to consumers. The change did not require legislative action, but rather was accomplished by a three-year rewrite of rules by the Illinois Department of Public Health. So far there have only been a handful of applications for… Continue Reading

Made By Cow’s version of raw milk available Down Under

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Cold-pressed “raw milk” goes on sale this week in Australia. It uses high pressure processing instead of heat, which the Australian Food Standards Code recognizes as pasteurization. The new process is being called revolutionary in producing milk that is said to be creamy and wholesome. That means the startup company, Made By Cow, can legally… Continue Reading