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Campylobacter Outbreak Blamed On Raw Milk

Initial Report By State Not Investigated

A report sent to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was accepted without further investigation. Seventy to seventy five people were said to be made ill with an outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni, a pathogenic micro-organism. Diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever were reported in a few people who were raw milk customers of Clearview Acres Farm.

Clearview Acres Farm in Sawyer County, Wisconsin was granted a cow-share program by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in June of 2000.

The owners insisted on a more rigorous program of testing and safety than the state had originally suggested. This was accepted and the Farm soon was supplying raw milk to 300 customers.

Clearview Acres Raw Milk Record

State tests of Clearview Acres milk repeatedly came up with clean milk well within Grade A specifications.

Right from the start of Clearview Acres distribution of raw milk, the state instituted an undercover operation with the express purpose of shutting the Farm down.

But they were stymied because of the clean milk produced by the Farm.

In October 2001 Clearview Acres received the second highest score of those subject to federal inspection. The rating was 99 out of a possible 100.

The dairy regularly tested for pathogens in their milk including Campylobacter, and the tests were consistently negative.

The state tried to take away the farm’s Grade A permit, but found it lacked jurisdiction. Such underhanded tactics were used in other states against similar farm operations.

Conflicting Statements

• The state claimed a test of milk from the farm came back positive for Campylobacter.

• Clearview Acres disputed the claim, and requested additional properly performed tests and was refused.

• Clearview Acres claimed that 24 family members of 385 Clearview Customers became ill. This included 8 who were confirmed ill, and 16 family members of the 8 confirmed cases who may have become ill.

• Those who became ill had eaten hamburger at a local restaurant.

• No illness had occurred in the 361 other Clearview customers.

• Afflicted individuals in Sawyer County were questioned as to whether they had consumed raw milk. Those who had not drunk raw milk were simply given an antibiotic and sent home.

• There seemed to be no concern about reports from other hospitals about wide spread infection.

• Independent reports indicated as many as 800 individuals, who did not drink raw milk, and were from other counties, were sickened during the 12 weeks following Nov. 10, 2001.

• Reports of illness continued for 8 weeks after cow-share distribution had ceased.

Malice Toward Raw Milk Producers?

The data in this page came from an article dated July 14, 2002, and was obtained from the Weston A. Price Foundation website. It demonstrates an apparent malice toward raw milk producers so often shown by government organizations.

It seems that such actions are designed more to support large corporations who control the food supply, and who support agriculture departments in colleges and universities, than to protect consumers who want the best for their health.

Traditional Farming Best

There are increasing numbers of farmers who want to farm in traditional ways. In order to get the benefits of raw milk, cows must have access to green grass pastures. Grass is the normal food for these animals.

Clearview acres maintained their animals on pasture and therefore could produce clean raw milk. They insisted on tight control of sanitary conditions.

The farm maintained rigid monitoring of the milk supply.

These were the reasons the state could find no reason to shut them down without false accusations.

Mishandled Food and Food Supplies Can Be Dangerous

Grains, soy based products, and silage are fed in confinement dairy operations. Ruminant animals digestive systems do not respond well to this type of feed. These operations are the source of our milk at the store.

Confinement animal practices produce sick animals that can not produce clean milk. Milk from such animals has to be pasteurized in order to make the milk acceptable for human consumption.

Ron Schmid, in his book The Untold Story of Milk quotes Doug Flack, a trained ecologist, of Flack Family Farm in New Hampshire.

“There are half a dozen confinement farmers right in this town who won’t drink their own milk raw. They go to the store for milk. That’s how bad milk from confinement cows is. A lot of these animals are excreting Salmonella in the milk.”

Public health policy increasingly ignores the threat of contamination in food by big business.

Fast Food Nation says ”One of the Bush administration’s first food safety decisions was to stop testing the National School Lunch Program’s ground beef for Salmonella.

As a result of the testing 5 million pounds of ground meat were rejected because of Salmonella.

Yet the industry was delighted with the decision to halt testing, considering the testing expensive, inconvenient, and unnecessary”.

Pathogenic bacteria in meat supplies occur because of practices that either encourage fecal contamination, or do little to stop the contamination.

Consider the recent spinach recall. Though the source of contamination to my knowledge was not determined, it was assumed to be fecal contamination of irrigation water that was to blame.

In the face of a united front by big business and government to safeguard business profits, and disregard our health, we must fight for the right to choose the food we trust from people that we trust.

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