Millers Organic Farm Falsely Linked to Listeria Illness?

CDC Claims Raw Milk From Millers Organic Farm Caused Listeria Illness

CDC accuses Millers Organic Farm of causing raw milk illness

CDC accuses Millers Organic Farm of causing raw milk illness

In a recent announcement from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), they stated that a Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis was linked to raw milk from Millers Organic Farm in Pennsylvania.

The statement declared, in part, that an elderly woman in Florida had died as a result of Listeria from raw dairy

at Millers Organic Farm. Shortly after this claim from the CDC came out, investigative journalist David Gumpert reported on his blog questioning whether the CDC was engaged in misconduct in issuing that premature release and that the woman who died was being treated for advanced cancer—not listeria.

The Weston A. Price Foundation issued a release vindicating Millers Organic Farm as the source of the problem, showing the lack of real evidence from the CDC and that the family’s story did not support the CDC claims.

When stories like the CDC’s claim are issued, it gives a distortion of the facts that leads to manipulation of the data. Rather than seeking scientific results that prove what was behind the illness, the CDC reported on it as fact, giving false data to the statistics surrounding raw milk—statistics that will likely not be set right by the CDC.

Meanwhile, thousands of people continue to consume raw milk, including milk from Millers Organic Farm, will no ill effect. According to the WAPF press release,

“The FDA has spent years aggressively warning people against drinking raw milk with the claim that it causes hundreds more foodborne illness outbreaks than pasteurized milk. Yet, there have been no cases of listeriosis attributed to raw milk consumption going back forty years, or more. Unlike raw milk, pasteurized dairy has been linked to several deaths in the past ten years.

Prior to the false claim from the CDC, there have been no reported illnesses associated with Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania.

“This recent release from the CDC is a deliberate attempt to tarnish raw milk and present false and defamatory information,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, DC. “This is a witch-hunt against raw milk. This is clearly not a case of illness associated with raw milk, but rather an agency with an agenda.”

The CDC recommends that people “drink and eat only pasteurized dairy products (including soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt).”

“This is a weak attempt to shut down people’s choices,” says Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-consumer Legal Defense Fund. “It shows this bureaucracy is getting more desperate in trying to stop the growing demand for raw milk.”

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Raw milk produced on Millers Organic Farm is not the likely cause of illness

Raw milk produced on Millers Organic Farm is not the cause of illness in a Florida victim

Mother of Child Who Fell Ill From (Allegedly) Raw Milk Speaks Out

In the midst of debates surrounding new raw milk legislation in Victoria, Australia, four or five children in the region became ill, allegedly from the consumption of raw milk, and tragically one of the children passed away due to resulting complications. People on both sides of the raw milk debate rushed to pass judgments and call for legislative reform, despite lack of evidence that conclusively pointed to raw milk as the cause of illness.

A local blogger wrote about her thoughts on the unfolding events and was surprised when, shortly thereafter, the mother of one of the ill children contacted her on Facebook. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, provided a backstory on her family’s raw milk consumption and timing of events, including why she herself was hesitant to believe that raw milk was the certain cause of her son’s illness.

My son was diagnosed with a parasite (cryptosporidium) after having severe gastro for 10 days.  I was told that raw milk was a possible cause.  We had also visited a farm, picked up and cuddled chickens, cats and dogs from this farm and swam in a pool…all also possible risk factors for this parasite. If I could get closure on this and know for sure that it was the milk, it would give me some peace…but I am not convinced,” she wrote.

In this case, it is possible that raw milk was the cause of illness but it is not certain – and for the media and members of the public to rush to judgment without any conclusive evidence is inflammatory and threatens rational conversation about the reform of raw milk in Victoria and elsewhere.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.