Raw milk, and raw emotion, go to court

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2012 - 6:36 AM

Two farmers are charged in cases that pit health claims vs. protecting the public.

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Muffin13May. 19, 12 8:46 PM

"Irony"??? Hartmann's statements are not "ironic", they are hypocritical. First he says that raw milk is safe, then his argument in court is that the parents "should know the risks of raw milk"? If that isn't an admission of guilt, I don't know what one is. And Ms. Olson's claim that her son's injuries in the car accident were due to raw milk "making him strong" are absurd. Bikers walk away from car accidents often. That was simple luck. So far this year, 142 people are sick in raw milk outbreaks in the U.S. Using the CDC multiplier since foodborne illness is so under-reported, that means more than 3,000 people have been sickened by this "healthy" product. I wish these advocates would turn their attention to food safety injustices that really matter: industry managing to delay the FDA's removal of antibiotics from animal feed for 35 years, leading to increases in antibiotic resistant bacteria, and industry postponing the USDA's requirement to test beef trim for more deadly pathogens.

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juliecarMay. 19, 12 9:19 PM

The antibiotics that are in 'normal' meats are why i can't eat them. I am allergic to penecillins and cephalosporins. Those two are the most prevalent medicines put in animals intended for slaughter. The medications do not disperse, they settle into the tissues. When we are not sick, we still get this medicine, and when we ingest it daily in our beef, chicken, turky and pork? Our resistance to it gets stronger and stronger. Then when we get sick and wonder why regular antibiotics don't work anymore?

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chuckdancerMay. 19, 12 9:26 PM

Raw milk doesn't taste any different than milk that has been pasteurized. If you want to support small farms, buy organic pasteurized milk from companies like Organic Valley. These people are breaking the law and trying to be slick by pointing to technicalities in the distribution methods they have concocted. Give me a break .

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rarmstrongMay. 19, 12 9:36 PM

The biggest risk of all is to let the government regulate every single facet of our lives, regardless of how small.

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kdj2002May. 19, 1210:04 PM

@juliecar you are talking about a different issue. Antibotics in feed is different from the issue of raw milk.

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mauianMay. 19, 1210:19 PM

My aunt had a dairy farm when I was a kid in Wisconsin. We ate raw dairy and drank raw milk all the time. Never got sick. Nothing food wise is 100% safe unless it's irradiated, at which time it's no longer nutritional. The FDA admits drugs they once deemed "safe" have killed over 1,000,000 people over the last decade. Who's suing them? This is all a ploy to bring down the small farmer by multinational corporations like Monsanto.

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JP55901May. 19, 1210:23 PM

Okay, here's the deal. Let the farmers produce raw milk but do not let them sell it. WHEN those that consume it get sick they can go to the hospital for treatment but MUST pay cash. You know, to keep the cost of insurance down for those of us that KNOW it is not safe to consume raw milk!

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monkeyfurbalMay. 19, 1210:29 PM

I drink almond milk or coconut milk. They are healthier for you than cow's milk.

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perronjpMay. 19, 1210:46 PM

The Federal Government should have zero to do with this. Their hiding behind "Interstate commerce" to claim authority over this is ridiculous. States want to address this? OK, fine. Keep the feds away from it.

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rvd420May. 19, 1211:32 PM

As long as consumers are made aware of the potential risks of raw milk and raw milk products the consumer should be allowed to make the choice. This could easily be done by requiring a sign at the entrance of any place selling or trading raw milk and raw milk products.

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