Claravale Farm has voluntarily suspended milk production for a second week, in response to reports of additional illnesses from campylobacter (as noted in my previous post).
At least three children who drank Claravale Farm milk were identified by Pediatric Alternatives, a suburban San Francisco practice, as having become ill in recent weeks. That is on top of six who became ill during February.
A Bay Area food club that distributes Claravale milk said in a letter to customers that Claravale, based in Paicines, CA, decided not to release milk for sale this week.
“They have NOT been shut down by the CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture) and NONE of their products have been recalled. However, they have again received a handful of calls from customers who have been diagnosed with Campylobacter, and they have therefore decided to voluntarily shut down the dairy again to make sure that it is not the milk causing this.”
The food club manager noted that tests from both the CDFA, along with an independent lab, have come back negative for campylobacter and any other pathogens. The food club noted some frustration by the owners of Claravale, Ron Garthwaite and Collette Cassidy.
“They have also scrubbed and cleaned their whole facility from top to bottom, been extra diligent about cleaning their cows udders, and been overall overly cautious in their milking practices. They are confident that their milk does not have pathogens in it, but they do not want to be shut down by the CDFA, and so have taken the reports seriously and proactively stopped selling their milk…”
The frustration is understandable. Claravale has been in business since the 1920s, without a single illness. The dairy continues its low profile, choosing only to speak to its distributors and the regulators.
Food Safety News reported that an epidemiological investigation into the possible illnesses from Claravale milk is continuing.
As we all know, the dairy isn’t likely to receive any help from regulators, who wish the dairy would disappear. Claravale is the third major raw dairy in recent months to experience illnesses likely from their raw milk, following on problems at Organic Pastures Dairy Co. and The Family Cow in Pennsylvania. This would seem to be the perfect situation for the fledgling Raw Milk Institute to get involved, and provide expertise to Claravale to help isolate possible problems…or rule them out as a source of illness. But RAWMI seems to have gotten stuck as a result of all the controversy about its role.
A new Executive Order potentially gives President Obama the authority to take over America’s transportation, health care…and agriculture in the event of a national emergency.
The language is a bit opaque, but the “Executive Order” for “National Defense Resources Preparedness” that was issued last week by President Obama gives the President authority to “be prepared, in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States, to take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements…”
I don’t think we are quite at point Natural News has it, that Obama “seizes control” over all farms and food. But certainly the order could be used as an excuse to do that in the event of a “national emergency” or some such excuse. Such declarations are a favorite tactic of budding dictatorships.
Most likely nothing happening here immediately. Just a nice little legal document to have in the drawer…when the time is right.