November 23, 2014

WI Raw Milk Outbreak Raises Ethical, Legal Questions

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A raw milk outbreak that sickened 38 people in Durand, Wisconsin, is raising ethical and legal questions. The milk was served at a potluck for the football team on September 18. Many of those sickened were high school students. The parent who supplied the milk told no one that it had not pasteurized. Two days after the dinner, reports of illnesses started rolling in. Like other bacteria that causes food poisoning, Campylobacter produces symptoms including diarrhea that can be bloody, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. Eight people were hospitalized. So many of the football players were so sick for so long that the school had to forfeit two football games. The outbreak also triggered a massive cleaning effort at the school and, before the source of illness was determined, … [Read more...]

Three in Tulare County, CA Sick with Salmonella from Cheese

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According to the Tulare County Public Health Department's Facebook page, three people in that county in Califonria have become ill with Salmonella from eating cheese purchased from an unlicensed cheese maker. A vendor in Woodlake is apparently selling these cheeses door-to-door. Leftover cheese was tested and was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The vendor has not been identified and may still be selling cheese. It is a violation of the California Retail Food Code to sell food without a permit, and a violation to make cheese in with no permit. The types of cheeses that may be contaminated are queso fresco, panela, queso seco, asadero, queso Oaxaca, queso Cotija, and crema. The products may be made with unpasteurized, or raw milk, that is often contaminated with pathogenic … [Read more...]

Raw Milk and Campylobacter: A Frequent Pair

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Raw milk is a frequent source of Campylobacter outbreaks, as high school students in Durand, Wisconsin learned this fall. Thirty eight people developed Campylobacter infections when they unknowingly drank raw milk provided by a parent for a football banquet. The outbreak, which hospitalized eight people, left many students and players sick for weeks forcing the cancelation of two football games. It also triggered a massive cleaning effort at the school and prompted many students to stay home from class to avoid becoming ill. Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes illness when food or beverages contaminated with animal feces are consumed.  Symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, which is sometimes bloody, abdominal cramping, fever, nausea and vomiting. Serious, long-term … [Read more...]

Campylobacter in Raw Milk Could Pose Long Term Health Problems for Durand Football Team

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At least 38 people in Wisconsin who contracted Campylobacter infections from raw milk served at a banquet for the Durand High School football team could face long-term health problems. Some people with Campylobacter infections develop long-term complications such as reactive arthritis which causes painful swelling of the joints and Guillain-Barré Syndrome, (GBS) which is characterized by the sudden onset of paralysis that can last weeks, months or years. "People who develop GBS as a result of ingesting Campylobacter often have life-long complications. For example, one of our Campylobacter-GBS clients has paralysis in all four extremities that, years after consuming raw milk, still affect all of his activities of daily living," said Fred Pritzker, national food  safety attorney and … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Not For Kids, Warns England’s FSA After E. coli Outbreaks

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Three recent raw milk E.coli outbreaks that sickened five children and one adult in the United Kingdom have prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue a warning about unpasteurized milk. The agency has halted raw milk production at the farms and issued recalls.  "Long standing FSA advice has been that vulnerable people - that’s older people, infants, children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems - are particularly vulnerable to food poisoning and that is why these groups should not be consuming raw drinking milk because it has not been heat treated. " said Andrew Rhodes, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA. In England, most milk is pasteurized, but raw milk sales are permitted if the labels bear a warning that the product is unpasteurized and … [Read more...]

Durand Students Sickened by Campylobacter Unaware Milk Was Raw

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Members of a high school football team in Durand, Wisc. were not told the milk provided for a banquet by a parent was unpasteurized, according to a local news report. Dozens of the students who attended the banquet contracted bacterial infections from Campylobacter in the milk. Bri­anna Win­nekins, 18, had a 105˚F fever and other symptoms before she was hospitalized Sept. 22 at Chippewa Val­ley Hospi­tal.  Win­nekins, a man­ager of the foot­ball team who was hos­pi­tal­ized for four days, said had she known the milk was unpasteurized she would have avoided it. Campylobacter is transmitted when food or beverages contaminated with animal feces are consumed.  Thirty eight members of the team contracted campylobacteriosis, at least eight of them were hospitalized. The outbreak forced the … [Read more...]

Listeria in Raw Milk Prompts Warning From NY Ag Department

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Listeria found in raw milk fromRichard Dirie Farm, in Sullivan County New York has prompted a warning from state agricultural officials. Consumers who have purchase raw milk from  located at 1345 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, New York should not drink it. as they risk life-threatening illness if they do. Illnesses had not been reported to the Ag department at the time of the recall, but symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as two months to develop. A sample of the milk, collected by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on October 21, 2014,  tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The farm was notified of the test result onOctober 23, 2014 and volunteered to suspend raw milk sales until the sample results were confirmed. Further lab … [Read more...]

Raw Milk is Source of Campylobacter Outbreak at Durand High School

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Raw milk is the source of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened 22 members of the Durand High School  football team, hospitalized eight people, forced the cancelation of two football games and prompted 150 high school and middle school students to miss classes to avoid becoming ill. The milk was served at a September 18 potluck. Health officials from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene (WSLH), the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Pepin County Health Department worked together on an investigation of the outbreak. Tests identified the DNA"fingerprint" of the Campylobactor jejuni bacteria that sickened members of the team and coaching staff and found that it was a genetic match to Campylobacter … [Read more...]

Is Drinking Raw Milk a Right?

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Is drinking raw milk a right? Raw milk advocates in Wisconsin say that's a question they want the state Supreme Court to decide and they say they plan to file petitions this week to make that happen. Because it is considered a public health risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans the interstate sale or distribution of raw milk. Any milk sold across state lines must be pasteurized. Although the FDA advises that states also allow the sale of pasteurized milk only, each state is free to determine its own raw milk regulations. Seventeen states have a complete ban. They include: Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan,Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Eleven states allow … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Myths Debunked for Food Safety Month

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September is Food Safety Month, a good time for debunking food myths. There are a lot of myths about raw milk on the Internet, some of them mislead people into thinking that raw milk is a safe health food that can cure illnesses. It's not. Before we get to why, it's important to note that between 60 and 75 percent of adults worldwide are lactose intolerant, meaning they are physically unable to digest lactose, the main sugar in milk. Most of us lose this ability by the time we start school. But many of us don't stop drinking milk when we reach school age. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, gas, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Lactose intolerance is not the same a milk allergy. About 2.5 percent of Americans have milk allergies meaning the have a … [Read more...]

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