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Dairy recalls eggnog for Salmonella; sell-by dates increase risks

Arruda’s Dairy Farms of Tiverton, RI, is recalling eggnog that has sell-by dates well into 2018 because a sample was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall was announced Monday after routine testing, according to WPRI-TV Channel 12. The owners of Arruda’s Dairy Farms have suspended production of the eggnog while they and the Rhode Island Department of Health continue to… Continue Reading

State says ceasing Brucella vaccinations could reduce illnesses

Somewhat mixed messages are coming from health and agriculture officials in Pennsylvania in relation to antibiotic-resistant Brucella infections traced to unpasteurized, raw milk. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture sent raw milk producers an alert about “several cases of brucellosis in humans” and suggested they stop vaccinating their cattle for Brucella. The letter, provided to Food… Continue Reading

CDC says all Udder Milk customers need medical treatment

Anyone who consumed raw milk or raw milk products from Udder Milk in the past six months, especially pregnant women, should immediately seek medical care and start antibiotic therapy for brucellosis. The Tuesday warning from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the strongest yet in a series of state and federal alerts… Continue Reading

New York officials warn against raw milk from Udder Milk

New York health and agriculture officials are warning the public to not buy or consume unpasteurized, raw milk from Udder Milk in New Jersey because of the danger of contracting an antibiotic-resistant form of food poisoning. Federal law prohibits transporting unpasteurized milk across state lines for sale. New York law prohibits the sale of unpasteurized,… Continue Reading

FDA warns against Udder Milk; urges treatment even if not sick

Two states have ordered New Jersey company to stop illegal distribution of unpasteurized milk

Additional state and federal investigators have joined New Jersey, issuing public warnings about unpasteurized, raw milk being illegally distributed by Udder Milk. The milk has been linked to a case of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. New Jersey’s Department of Health ordered the company — self-described as a “co-op on wheels” — to cease and desist its illegal… Continue Reading

Rhode Island lawmakers delay decision on raw milk until 2018

It’s now looking like Rhode Island’s legislature is going to put off any votes on legalizing sales of raw milk until next year. A nine-member special legislative study commission —to be known as the Commission to Study Raw Milk Regulations— has been recommended by the Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture. It would make a… Continue Reading

Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative season nears end

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

Rhode Island bill would OK retail sales of unpasteurized milk

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

GMO labeling gets another look in two New England states

Today and tomorrow the Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare and the House side of the New Hampshire General Court will hear bills about labeling food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A bipartisan majority of the New Hampshire Environment and Agriculture Committee led by Rep. John O’Connor, R-Derry, has recommended against… Continue Reading

Northeast U.S. Continues to be a Hotspot for GMO-Labeling Bills

Mark Lynas, the British environmentalist and author, recently wrote in the Washington Post that activists should not be more convincing than scientists when it comes to issues like GMO food. But in Massachusetts, activists from organizations such as the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group and MA Right to Know GMOs aren’t letting such concerns stop… Continue Reading