News for November 10, 2010
"This Case Is About Cheese"...and About Listeria Policy---FTCLDF Challenges MO Milk Board (and FDA) As Feds Open New Front in Dairy War; Max Kane Appeal
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has filed a brief in a Missouri court challenging the state's efforts to confiscate and destroy Morningland Dairy's $250,000 worth of inventory.
The FTCLDF's "motion for a more definite statement" from the Missouri Milk Board is at first glance a procedural response to the state agency's filing late last month seeking a temporary injunction to force the destruction of Morningland's cheese. It asks a judge to compel the state to be specific about when Morningland supposedly tried to sell tainted cheese, and to explain the exact timing and process whereby the company's cheese is to be destroyed.
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Farmer brings crusade for raw milk
Raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt brought his fight to legalize the distribution of unpasteurized dairy products to Alberta on Monday.
"I am here to mark this day as a turning point," Schmidt told supporters on the steps of the legislature. "A turning point because we the farmers, we the consumers, we as concerned people of Canada are officially rejecting those who pass regulations without respecting our fundamental rights."
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Food Fight, FSMA: Do we really have a food-safety crisis?
The following is a transcript of a discussion conducted by email during the past few days and lightly edited.
The first question we asked our participants to tackle was whether in fact the United States is in the midst of a "food-safety crisis" -- that is, is the Food Safety Modernization Act legislation vitally necessary?
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More Salmonella-Tainted Eggs from Austin "Jack" DeCoster
I hate to break it to you, but there's more bad news about bad eggs. Just three months since Wright County Egg and Hillendale Farms recalled more than 550 million potentially contaminated eggs, America is caught in the midst of another salmonella scandal. Foodborne illness is concerning enough, but to make matters worse, the culprits here are the same folks responsible for producing the first batch of bacteria-laden ovas.
Cal-Maine Foods, the country's leading egg seller and distributor, announced yesterday that it would recall 288,000 eggs after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials alerted the company that its supplier, Ohio Fresh Eggs, tested positive for salmonella. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the eggs were distributed to wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
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