October 22, 2014

Is Drinking Raw Milk a Right?


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

Raw milk E. coli lawyer

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...]

Raw Milk Warning Comes After E.coli HUS Sickens 4 Kids in KY

raw milk e.coli outbreak kentucky

A raw milk warning has been issued in Kentucky after five children got E.coli poisoning and four of them were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, (HUS) a form of kidney failure that can be fatal. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued the warning today after weeks of investigating the outbreak. “At this time, we know that all of the children consumed unpasteurized milk, which is different from the milk and dairy products you purchase at the grocery store,” said DPH Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield, M.D. “Unpasteurized milk is dangerous and has not undergone a process to kill bacteria before it is consumed, meaning it could contain disease-causing agents such as E. coli. The health of anyone who drinks unpasteurized milk can be affected if they are exposed to … [Read more...]

What is Source of Oregon HUS Cases? In 2012 it was Raw Milk

E. coli in raw milk led to kidney transplant, HUS for Oregon kids

Health officials in Oregon have not determined the source of E.coli poisoning that this month gave three children hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and killed one of them. In 2012, raw milk was the source of an E.coli outbreak gave three children HUS, one of whom required a kidney transplant. Twelve other children and four adults were also sickened in that outbreak which was linked to raw milk produced by Foundation Farm in Clackamas County. Lab tests showed that E. coli O157 isolates from eight of the patients matched isolates from samples taken from the farm and from some raw milk. The 15 children who were sickened ranged in age from 18 months to 19 years old. The 18 month old was one of the four patients who were hospitalized. Raw milk laws are different in each state. In Oregon, … [Read more...]

Deadly Raw Milk Cheese E. coli Outbreak Sickened 28

Deadly E. coli outbreak, HUS

An E.coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese, killed one person and sickened 27 others in Canada, one year ago. One of the four people who were hospitalized developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of some E.coli infections that leads to kidney failure. The patients, who ranged in age from 3 to 82 were from five provinces: 13 in British Columbia, 10 in Alberta, 2 in Saskatchewan, 2 in Manitoba and 1 in Quebec. The fatality was in British Columbia. The outbreak triggered a recall of Gort's Gouda cheese which was unpasteurized. The sale of unpasteurized cheese is legal in Canada, but the sale or unpasteurized or raw milk is not. Canadian health officials believe that while raw milk can contain dangerous bacteria such as E.coli, Listeria and Salmonella, cheese made from … [Read more...]

Raw Goat Milk Tests Positive for Cryptosporidium in Idaho


Raw goat milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma, Idaho has tested positive for cryptosporidium. Consumers who purchased raw goat milk from the farm on or after August 24 should not drink it. The Idaho State Department of  Agriculture (ISDA) has placed a hold on raw milk sales at the farm. Cryptosporidium is a parasite commonly associated with outbreaks at water parks and pools. It's hard outer shell makes it resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants and enables it to survive outside a host's body for long stretches of time. It is spread when microscopic amounts of feces from an infected human or animal are ingested. Symptoms of a cryptosporidium infection include: watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, vomiting and weight loss. They usually develop within two to 10 … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Campylobacter Illnesses for Second Time at Utah Farm

Campylobacter in raw milk

Campylobacter in raw milk products from Ropelato Dairy in Weber County Utah has caused an outbreak of illness for the second time since 2010. Since May, at least 45 people have become ill after drinking the milk or cream. There have been two cases reported from residents in California and Idaho and 43 cases from Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties in Utah. The farm's license to sell raw milk has been temporarily suspended. In 2010, nine people from Weber, Davis and Cache counties contracted campylobacteriosis after drinking the milk. The farm's license was also temporarily suspended at that time. Symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.  These symptoms can last up to a week. “In some severe cases, … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Hershberger’s Guilty Verdict


The Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Vernon D. Hershberger's guilty verdict for violating a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection holding border. That order prohibited the dairy farmer from selling dairy and meat from his farm without permission in the 14 days it was in force. In 2012, Hershberger was charged with four misdemeanors of violating Wisconsin's law that prohibits the sale of raw milk products. Hershberger did not have a license to produce or sell dairy products; instead, he "leased" his cows to a food club and claimed that exempted him from the law. The holding order was issued when Hershberger was released on bail. It stated that he agreed not to manufacture dairy products and no sell or distribute mail produced on his farm without a … [Read more...]

No E. coli in Recalled Dungeness Raw Cream, State Tests Show


Dungeness Valley Creamery issued a recall on June 28 for raw cream with an expiration date of July 2 for possible E. coli contamination, but tests from the the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the product free of the bacteria which causes serious, sometimes fatal illness. A post on the company's Facebook page said, "WSDA Lab Results 'did not confirm' the presence of e. coli in our Raw Cream sample dated 7/2. Our independent recall was in 'an abundance of caution', and is thankfully no longer necessary at this time. For those customers who disposed of, returned, or still otherwise wish to exchange those products with a 7/2 best by date, we will be happy to continue to process those requests.We appreciate your support and understanding. Thank you!" Laws governing the … [Read more...]

Raw Milk, Cream Recalled for Possible E. coli Contamination


According to Peninsula Daily News, the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Washington state is recalling raw milk and cream because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. State inspectors discovered the problem. The dairy, at 1915 Towne Road, was notified that inspectors may have found the pathogenic bacteria in samples taken from the Creamery. Any product with an expiration date of July 2, 2014 should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase for a refund. No state or federal agency has issued an alert or recall. Raw whole milk, skim milk, and cream are recalled. The products are sold at the Sequim Prairie Grange, Red Rooster Grocery, and Sunny Farms Farm Store in Sequim; Country Aire and Good to Go in Port Angeles; and the Food Co-op in Port Townsend. The products are also … [Read more...]

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