April 5, 2006
Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill that would have allowed raw, unpasteurized milk sales in Tennessee was bottled up in a House committee on Tuesday.
Opponents were concerned that without pasteurization, raw milk has a potential to be laced with listeria, E. coli or salmonella, but bill sponsor Rep. Glen Casada said consumers run the risk of contracting illnesses from any food.
“That’s just the nature of food,” the College Grove Republican said. “I contend it’s a consumers right to buy food they think is healthy for them and their family.”
Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella can result in gastrointestinal illness and, in the worst cases, kidney failure or death.

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April 2, 2006
Knoxnews News Sentinel (TN)
The Associated Press
Erik Schelzig
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A proposal to allow raw milk sales in Tennessee could put dairy consumers at risk, opponents of a measure moving through the Legislature said Friday.
Supporters say pasteurization’s scalding heat destroys the taste and nutrients. But Bill Mason, executive director of consumer watchdog group Tennessee Citizen Action, calls those claims “anecdotal.”
“There’s just no scientific connection between drinking raw milk and any benefits,” said Mason.
Yet interest in raw, unpasteurized milk has been on the rise nationwide, part of a growing natural foods movement. And similar measures have been approved in more than 20 other states, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Glen Casada.

Continue Reading Both sides of raw milk plan debated: Critics say proposal could hurt farmers, lead to a health risk

March 14, 2006
The Daily News
Barbara LaBoe
It’s illegal to sell unpasteurized milk without a license in Washington, but Longview residents need only cross the Lewis and Clark Bridge to get raw milk in Oregon, where no license is required for small farms.
That could soon change, though, as Oregon officials review their laws in light of a December E. coli outbreak at a raw milk farm in Woodland.

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March 15, 2006
Daily Record.com
Matt Tullis
MILLERSBURG – A Holmes County dairy farmer may get his milk producer’s license back after having it revoked for a $2 sale of raw milk in an unlabeled container.
Arlie Stutzman said representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture showed up at his farm Tuesday morning with paperwork he must fill out to have his license reinstated. His license, which allowed him to sell milk to cheese manufacturers, was revoked by the ODA on Feb. 8 because he sold milk in an unlabeled container to an undercover investigator.
Stutzman said he was surprised when the ODA showed up, but noted it might have been a little too late. He rented nine of his 36 cows to another dairy farmer last week to produce some income.

Continue Reading Licensure hope for farmer Stutzman can seek reinstatement; ODA notes bacteria violations

March 12, 2006
Flint Journal
James L. Smith
In a world with grocery stores in nearly every community, it’s hard to imagine that some people drive nearly three hours a week to obtain dairy products.
But farmer Chuck Oliver’s customers do just that.
Oliver, who battled the Michigan Department of Agriculture over the right to sell raw milk on his farm, has tripled his customer base in the last six months to about 300, with just word-of-mouth advertising.
And at least for now, he has made peace with state agriculture regulators.
Oliver’s milk is straight from the cow, without pasteurization. Pasteurized milk, the type purchased in stores, is heated to kill bacteria, then bottled and cooled.

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Associated Press
Proponents of drinking raw milk say it’s full of vitamins and soothes asthma and other ailments, but only farmers who own their own cows can drink the unpasteurized white beverage in Ohio.
So raw milk fans have turned to “herd share” agreements that allow them to buy portions of a farmer’s herd and get dairy products.
Now the Ohio Department of Agriculture is investigating these arrangements, which an agriculture official says appear to take advantage of a legal loophole.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ohio Department of Health
Selling and Shipping Raw Dairy Products into Ohio is Illegal
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (March 1, 2006) — Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Fred L. Dailey is cautioning consumers to avoid falling prey to direct or deceptive online sales of unpasteurized raw milk products, which are not allowed to be sold or offered for sale in Ohio.
“I strongly urge consumers to drink only milk that has been properly pasteurized at a licensed and inspected facility,” said Dailey. “You could be putting yourself or your family at risk by consuming raw milk.”

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February 11, 2006
The Clarion-Ledger
Jack Sunn
Q: Jack, I’ve been trying to find someone in the metro area who sells milk directly from a cow; for example, a local dairy farm that will sell directly to the consumer or someone who raises cows. Can you help me? – Lactose Free
A: The Mississippi Department of Health doesn’t allow the sale of raw milk in this state. “It’s against the law,” said Bill Herndon, an agricultural extension service economist at Mississippi State University. “People who like to drink raw milk think that pasteurization makes the milk bad or lowers the quality. All that does is kill the bugs.”

Continue Reading Raw milk sales against the law in Miss.

January 25, 2006
Daily Times-Call
Kate Martin
FORT COLLINS — Lugene Sas, owner of Taft Hill Dairy, said Tuesday that his dairy is the one that the state pinpointed as allegedly sickening 27 people.
Tuesday, a dozen raw-milk supporters gathered in the parking lot of Taft Hill Dairy, located four miles north of County Road 54G on Taft Hill Road near Fort Collins.
Ray Norden, 74, said he’s been drinking raw milk for more than 70 years. He said health officials think he had the bacteria in his system, but he said he doubts it.
Rebecca Woodbury of Fort Collins also doubted the test results.

Continue Reading Dairyman draws on support after sickness that struck 27

Jan 25, 2006
North Texas E-news
Martha Filipic, The Ohio State University
Where can I find a listing of fats (saturated, unsaturated, etc.) in raw cow’s milk?
Unfortunately, you can’t be certain what type of fat is in raw cow’s milk — it all depends on the cow and its diet. And since, by definition, raw cow’s milk undergoes no processing, it wouldn’t be standardized in any way.
However, the issue of the type of fat in raw cow’s milk is overshadowed by the safety risks of drinking it. In fact, in December 2005 in southwestern Washington state, at least 18 people, including 15 children under age 13, became ill from raw milk contaminated by E. coli O157:H7. Several children were hospitalized in critical condition, and may suffer from long-term kidney problems.

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