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Colorado Raw Milk Dairy Back In Business (Almost)

A goat farm in Colorado is cleared to resume distribution of raw milk after last month's string of E. coli and campylobacter outbreaks.

Milk drop splashing

Photo: Robbie's Photo Art (flickr)

The safety of unpasteurized milk is hotly contested between enthusiasts and public safety officials.

The Great Raw Milk Debate is still raging on!

This morning, NPR’s April Fulton reported on both sides:

On the one hand, some enthusiasts find it strange that raw milk is illegal in many states, yet anyone over age 18 can by a carton of cigarettes. On the other, public health officials keep pointing to frequent outbreaks due to consumption of raw milk.

Listen: Earth Eats talks with Marion Nestle about raw milk.

Meanwhile In Colorado…

Billy Goat Dairy, a goat farm near Boulder, Colorado, has been given the official green light to recommence its distribution of unpasteurized, raw goat milk.

The stoppage came from a string of E. coli and Campylobacter outbreaks last month that were linked to the farm. The Boulder County Public Health issued farm owner Bill Campbell a list of steps to complete before reopening.

Campbell made the appropriate changes, and went even farther to protect his customers by sending some samples to independent laboratories to test their safety. He is still waiting on the final test results before he resumes his raw milk distribution.

Retail sale of raw milk is illegal in the state of Colorado, but those who wish to consume it can buy shares in a cow or goat in exchange for a regular supply.

Read More:

  • Billy Goat Dairy close to resuming raw milk distribution (Longmont Times)
  • Drinking Raw Milk Is Worth The Risk, Advocates Say (NPR)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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