Will Dubai Camel Milk Soon Be Available in the US?

In the United States, camel milk is hard to find. When you can find camel milk, it is expensive: pasteurized camel milk retails for $16 per pint.

DairyReporter.com estimates that in the US there are 18,000 cows for every camel. It is strictly illegal to import or sell camel milk in the US, as the FDA has not yet created quality standards for it.

Despite this, one large camel farm in Dubai, Camelicious, has its sights set on entering the US market with its pasteurized camel’s milk. Realmilk.com blog has previously reported on raw camel milk testimonies which give evidence of the therapeutic value of raw camel’s milk.

“Camel milk has always been known in the Middle East, but the accessibility for the wider public has been limited… Our goal is to promote the benefits of camel milk as a natural and pure resource of the region, and as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk.” says Mutasher Al Badry, the manager of business development at Al Nassma, a sister company of Camelicious that distributes fine chocolates made with camel’s milk.

Camel’s milk has 3x more Vitamin C and 10x more iron than cow’s milk; it is low in lactose and studies show that it can treat maladies like diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

Camelicious hopes, that when the time comes, it will be able to woo over American consumers with camel milk’s healthy properties in fun flavors like chocolate, strawberry, saffron, date, and original.

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Will Raw Milk Become a Constitutional Right in Virginia?

When the Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 14, 2015, it will consider a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to buy homegrown food at the farms that produce it. The amendment states, “The people shall have the right to acquire for their own consumption farm-produced food directly at the farm with agreement from the farmer who produced it.”

“Right now, you have the right to purchase food of your choice – but regulations prevent the right (of farmers) to sell them. This amendment gives consumers standing in court,” explains Lois Smith, president of the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association.

This constitutional amendment is expected to garner support from several co-signers and a Senate sponsor. If it is approved, Virginia would be the first state to pass such an amendment.

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Raw Milk Might Not Have Been Cause of Durand Football Team Falling Sick

In September 2014, dozens of players of the Durand, WI football team fell sick following a team dinner. Health officials concluded the outbreak was due to the consumption of unpasteurized milk. Now, however, there’s reason to believe that the milk might not have been the cause of the illness afterall.

“Some people got sick who didn’t drink the milk,” says Diana Reed, whose farm supplied the milk.


According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a total of 38 people fell ill following the team dinner and 26 of those illnesses stemmed from the bacteria Campylobacter jejuni. This same strain of bacteria was found in some of the manure of the cows at Reed’s farm.

However, Reed points out that Campylobacter is commonly found in all cows in Wisconsin and no Campylobacter was found in the farm’s bulk tank, which was tested 6 days after the outbreak.


Furthermore, this particular strain of Campylobacter is also found in chicken, which was also served at the team dinner. At the dinner, 56 people ate chicken and 38 got sick; 43 people drank the milk and 33 got sick. This leaves 5 people who did not drink the milk but still had Campylobacter.

“We’ve had four boys in football in Durand through the last eight years. I’ve lived and breathed Durand football. This was the last thing I would ever want to be involved in – making a football team sick,” says Reed.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Hershberger’s Appeal

In December 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Vernon Hershberger’s appeal over his 2013 conviction for violating a holding order on the sales of raw milk from his farm.Hershberger had been cleared of all other charges in the case. His attorney’s were appealing the final charge to clear his name.

The Fourth District Court of Appeals also denied hearing the case this summer. The Supreme Justices did not provide a reason for why they denied the appeal.

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2014 Was a Lucrative Year for US Dairy Farmers

High dairy commodity prices combined with low feed costs yielded high profit margins for dairy farmers across the US during 2014. This “perfect storm,” as one Wisconsin dairy producer referred to it, was welcomed by an industry that has experienced some tight years recently.


Low dairy production in other major milk-producing regions around the world drove up demand for US-produced dairy products – contributing, in part, to the high prices of raw milk, cheese and butter.


According to the U.S Dairy Export Council (USDEC), US dairy exports increased 14% during the first half of 2014 vs. the same period in 2013, setting a record averaging $653.6 million per month.


This strong performance has allowed many dairy producers to reinvest in their operations, something they weren’t able to do following the 2009 recession, which will hopefully keep the milk business booming.


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