Raw Milk

The recent deaths and illnesses from pasteurized-milk ice cream emphasize, yet again, how much less we know about food safety than the people in charge would care to admit. 

When I saw the news heading— “Dozens now sick with E. coli after Milk Makers Fest”—I thought, uh-oh, milk, E.coli, and kids dropping like flies.

Can The People save Claravale Dairy as it teeters on the edge of insolvency?


The deaths keep coming from pasteurized dairy products. In 2007, it was three deaths (and a miscarriage) from tainted pasteurized milk in Massachusetts. Last year, it was two deaths, one in Wisconsin and another in Delaware (along with at least one miscarriage), from bad pasteurized cheese.

I fought the law and the law won, I fought the law and the law won.”

As he reports in a comment following my previous  blog post,  Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy Co. sent a letter to Pat Kennelly, food safety chief at the California Department of Public Health, expressing upset about the agency’s press release related to possible raw milk illnesses. According to the letter, “When Claravale was shut down two weeks ago, CA DPH published a Press Release that warned consumers against consumption of any raw milk.

Last week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced that raw milk from Claravale Dairy had tested positive for campylobacter, forced a recall of all its milk, and quarantined the dairy. 

I had the good fortune to spend last week in the Florida sunshine, far from the igloo that is New England. It was an opportunity not just to luxuriate in the warmth of 80-degree sunshine, but also to do some catching up on recent food-related news developments.