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News for March 22, 2010

Local Selling as a Driving Force for Increased On-Farm Biodiversity

Authors: Johanna Bjrklund a; Lotten Westberg b; Ulrika Geber c; Rebecka Milestad d;Johan Ahnstrm e

Affiliations:   a Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
b Department of Urban and Rural Development, Section for Environmental Communication, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
c Stockholm County Administration Board, Stockholm, Sweden
d Department of Urban and Rural Development, Section for Rural Development and Agroecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
e Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

DOI: 10.1080/10440040903303694
Publication Frequency: 8 issues per year
Published in: Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Volume 33, Issue 8 December 2009 , pages 885 - 902
Subjects: Agriculture; Pest Management;

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Food Safety Attorney Fred Pritzker Calls for Criminal Sanctions Against Food Poisoners

Minneapolis, Minn. (PRWEB) March 22, 2010 -- A recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of Basic Food Flavors Inc. found that the Las Vegas-based food ingredient maker continued to ship product after its facility tested positive for Salmonella, a potentially deadly bacterium.

When FDA discovered the situation at Basic Food Flavors Inc., a recall was issued of Basic Food Flavors HVP flavor enhancer that has touched off a sweeping domino pattern of food recalls by users of the ingredient. No Salmonella infections have been reported, but the number of HVP-related recalls has topped 100 and could run into the thousands.

While the FDA weighs the appropriate regulatory response, victims of food poisoning and advocates for a stronger food safety system in the United States are hoping for criminal sanctions.

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Health authority wins case to shut down raw dairy

B.C.'s highest court has ordered a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley that sells unpasturized dairy to stop packaging or distributing its raw milk products.

The Fraser Health Authority first sought an injunction against Alice Jongerden, owner of the cow-share co-op Home on the Range in Chilliwack, on Feb. 1 -- two months after health authorities handed over cease and desist orders and forced depots to dump bottles of its milk.

The sale of raw milk has been prohibited in Canada since 1991, with health agencies saying it is a known health hazard. Cow-share operations like Jongerden's have sidestepped the law by allowing members to buy into their organization -- making them part owners of the animals. Jongerden distributed her raw dairy products, including cream, yogurt and milk, to members through various depots in Metro Vancouver.

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Exploring raw milk controversies in other states

Raw milk was in the news last week, with an outbreak of Campylobacter linked to milk from an Indiana farm that sickened four local people. Today's link roundup looks at the debate over raw milk.

In British Columbia, Canada, a cooperative is defying orders from the provincial government to halt distribution of raw milk. "B.C. farm defies court ruling on raw milk," writes CBC News on Sunday, with the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruling that Home on The Range co-op in Chilliwack is "willfully causing a health hazard" by supplying its members with unpasteurized milk.

The Seattle Times reviews the raw milk controversy in Washington state, noting that there are 28 licensed raw milk dairies in the state. The author, staff reporter Maureen O'Hagan, writes "There's long been a libertarian streak running through the raw-milk crowd. A Christian one, too. Now it's attracting another demographic entirely: advocates of local food." 

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