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FDA Launches New Attack on Raw Milk Cheese

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) The heavy hand of the FDA in partnership with Big Pharma wants to stamp out producers of raw milk cheese as a finale to their persecution of those selling raw milk. This is the latest move in the initiative of making truly healthy foods extinct.  When that is completed, consumers will have nothing but the adulterated health-deadening products sold by the nation’s largest corporations, no matter how unappealing and dangerous they are.

For centuries French artisan cheese has been made from raw milk, cultured with special bacteria and then aged, a process quite safe. This is the cheese that made France famous.  In the U.S., cheese made from raw milk comes from the highest quality farms, is sold in healthy image grocers, and is in high demand among the health conscious. But late last summer the FDA began accepting public comments with the purpose of assisting the agency in “identifying and evaluating measures that might minimize the impact of harmful bacteria in cheeses made from unpasteurized milk.”  In creating a rational for their actions, the FDA and Health Canada jointly issued a statement claiming that when cheese is made from raw milk, the incidence of listeria, a disease caused by a food-borne pathogen, is increased.  However, this excuse is flimsy at best. 

Statistic show that the real culprit for outbreaks of disease comes from factory farmed dairy products, even when they have been pasteurized!  The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH) is reporting that recent evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CBC) indicates that between 2009 and 2011, cheese made from raw milk accounted for only one listeria outbreak and 15 cases of illness, while cheese from pasteurized milk caused 5 outbreaks and 36 cases of illness.

In fact, the CDC determined that during the period from 1993 to 2006, all raw milk products combined resulted in 202 hospitalizations and only 2 deaths. Compare this to the numbers from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that say contaminated meat and poultry results in the illness of approximately one million people and death of at least 1,000 people each year.

There is plenty of evidence supporting the claim that raw milk is a much healthier choice than pasteurized milk, including the fact that pasteurization kills the many healthy enzymes in milk, and lowers content of iron, vitamin C and copper.  In addition, it reduces the absorption of vitamin A.

To see the full extent of benefits that come from raw milk, refer to this recently published article. Once you see what the FDA is actually trying to destroy, you will see how Big Pharma fits in.  When all healthy food has been destroyed, and natural remedies have been outlawed, Big Pharma will be the only game in town.

According to ANH, if the FDA receives enough messages protesting the path they are clearly on to ban raw milk cheese, they may back off for fear of offending Congress, which has to listen to voters.  You can take action on this issue during the time it is being considered at the ANH site.


Raw milk comes from clean and healthy farms

What are the characteristics of a dairy farm that produces raw milk?  A new study investigated animal characteristics and milking practices that influence milk hygienic and sanitary conditions in 24 dairy farms.  Bulk samples were collected throughout the milking period in each dairy farm.  Analyzed variables included

  • Chemical parameters such as fat, protein and lactose content, dry matter and pH

  • Total bacteria count and somatic cell counts

Across the spectrum of farms tested, the researchers found good hygienic conditions, and stressed this is an important aspect in implementing safety for end users of the final product.

But in the factory farms where pasteurization is a must because of the deplorable conditions, things are different.  There cows are raised on GMO grains, pumped full of antibiotics and treated with growth hormones.  The animals stand in yokes all day and have no quality of life.  This kind of farming produces an endless stream of waste subject to run off, and poses a public health risk. 

Wisconsin, just one of the states known for factory farmed dairy products, produces cow manure in amounts equivalent to the human waste produced by combined populations of Tokyo and Mexico City – a situation that is referred to as dirty dairying in New Zealand where few such farms exist.  The Natural Resources Defense Council’s fact sheet says manure from factory farmed cows contaminated Milwaukee’s drinking water with cryptosporidium in 1993, killing more than 100 people and making 400,000 people sick.    

Cows raised on factory farms undergo barbaric amd sustained cruelty from being intensely confined, continually impregnated, and bred for high milk production with no concern for their well-being. When they can no longer put out the amount of milk desired per day, they are slaughter for meat.  This is what goes on in the production of 80 percent of milk sold in the USA.  And it is this production that will go into all the cheese that is made if the FDA has its way.

"The FDA 'protects' the big drug companies and are subsequently rewarded, and using the government's police powers they attack those who threaten the big drug companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them.

It isn't.

What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day."

Dr. Herbert Ley
Former U.S. FDA Commissioner (and the last one considerd to be free of the influence of Big Pharma)

See also:

When Telling The Truth Becomes A Lie - The FDA's Persecution of Natural Health

The FDA Doesn't Protect Us - It Harms Us

FDA Ignores Objections and Its Own Advisory Panel and Approves Deadly New Painkiller

Scandal at the FDA: board members with drug maker ties voted to approve drug that's killing women

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About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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