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News for March 20, 2010

Despite injunction, raw milk still flowing in Fraser Valley

VANCOUVER — Raw milk drinkers are refusing to be put out to pasture after a Chilliwack, B.C., dairy was banned from sharing unpasteurized milk.

In Thursday's judgment, the B.C. Supreme Court backed the Fraser Health Authority's permanent injunction to stop Home on the Range from selling its milk, claiming the dairy is "willingly causing a health hazard" under the Public Health Act.

But despite the order, the milk is still flowing in the Fraser Valley.

"I delivered the milk (Saturday) and I'll be taking over the packaging and distribution," said co-op member Gordon Watson, who helped defend the dairy in court.


Pasteurization kills what is healthful in this milk

Families that drive long distances to obtain farm fresh, unprocessed whole milk want the nutritional and health values they know are present in this milk. They know how important it is for their growing children. There is no controversy over the values of milk in our regular diet. All across the country people are allowed to consume raw milk.

However, families have been faced with the threat that the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would shut down the dairies supplying this nutrient dense food. They say fresh milk is inherently dangerous and poses a threat to the public health.

The truth is that fresh milk has been part of the diets of cultures around the world for as long as recorded history. If it was dangerous, people would have quit drinking it long ago. Those obsessed with banning raw milk repeat over and over that people who drink it get sick. What they do not say is how often this happens compared to the risks we face in everyday life.


One failed test sinks family business

Chicago - Dan Kotara's 35 years of grinding meat into hamburger ended last year after a single positive test for a potentially deadly strain of E. coli. Unable to market thousands of pounds of meat, he rented a trash bin and doused the food in black ink to render it unusable.

His loss: an estimated $25,000.

After that August test, Kotara decided he could no longer risk another costly positive result. He laid off his eight employees and sold the grinders, massive freezers and other equipment from his low-slung building in Chicago. He is selling his building, too, so it can be razed for a parking lot.


Food Friday: First Lady to Grocery Manufacturers Association: “Let’s Move”

"Let's Move" was the distinct buzz phrase at the opening session of this week's Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) "Science Forum" here in Washington, DC.  Not only was it top of mind following the First Lady's keynote address on her recently launched nationwide campaign of the same name, but food and beverage manufacturers - including attendees and panelists from member organizations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, General Mills, Inc. -- used this catch phrase to describe their increasing efforts and commitment to transforming the food industry. The conference theme focused on public health and food safety issues, and it was clear from the tone in the room that the food industry must move, collectively, in a new direction.


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