I found this interesting and thought I’d pass it along:
An associate I work with passed on some info about a raw milk. Apparently there is an outbreak of campylobacteriosis in Michigan. This outbreak is being linked with raw milk sold in Indiana. Campylobacteriosis, is a bacteria found in cattle, swine, birds and CATS AND DOGS.
NO ONE in Indiana has reported illness as far as my search can find, nor in surrounding states.
FDA Warns of Raw Milk Risks, Hundreds Support Bill
Posted Tuesday March 30, 2010
WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted consumers to a disease from raw milk, as a Wisconsin legislative committee was about to consider legalizing its sale. Michigan’s Department of Community Health reports at least 12 confirmed cases of campylobacterosis from those drinking raw milk from a dairy in Middlebury Indiana.According to the Brownfield Ag News Service, the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pains, headaches, and body aches. The Wisconsin Medical Society cited the Michigan case in urging the Assembly’s Rural Economic Development Committee to reject a bill Tuesday morning allowing raw milk sales. 3 other statewide health groups and four farm organizations signed the same memo, which also told legislators about e-coli and other infections from drinking raw milk.
Supporters of raw milk say it has other redeeming health benefits that pasteurized milk does not. And hundreds of supporters recently urged lawmakers to pass the measure at a hearing in Eau Claire.
I did find that black pepper, sold only in the state of Michigan, is currently on a “rolling recall” basis:
Some questions to consider:
Do you think that perhaps people that drink raw milk also might use black pepper?
How many people got sick that do not report drinking raw milk?
Better yet: How many people that got sick also own a cat or dog?
How many of those pet owners do not drink raw milk?
What is fascinating, is that at the same time, Wisconsin lawmakers were discussing passing a bill to make raw milk sales legal in Wisconsin. As debate opened, the outbreak in MI was reported. The bill did not pass.