At a grocery store called Rawesome in the LA area, undercover police purchased raw goat milk and goat cheese before raiding the store and destroying unprocessed products. Three people were arrested in connection with Rawesome Foods, for illegally selling unpasteurized foods or foods made at an unlicensed facility. In June 2010 the same store was raided for not having permits to sell raw food. One of the individuals arrested faces nine charges related to the production of unpasteurized milk products. The police raids destroyed thousands of dollars worth of food products.
Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of turkey meat after finding it was contaminated with salmonella. One person died, and 77 were made sick. Why aren’t police raiding them? Could it be factory farming gets treated a little better than small, independent business owners who dare to do things their own way?
The press release from the District Attorney’s office says, “While it is lawful to manufacture and sell unpasteurized dairy products in California, applicable licenses and permits are required. These include regular veterinarian inspections of the animals and following equipment and sanitation requirements.
Pasteurization kills or slows the growth of pathogens and microbes and it must be accomplished according to state standards under sanitary conditions. The process involves the heating of milk to a high temperature for a specific time and then cooling it immediately. The manufacture and sale of unpasteurized milk products poses a risk of pathogenic contamination. Those pathogens include salmonella, listeria, e-coli, staphylococcus aureus and tuberculosis.”
The press release does not accuse the three arrested people of ever selling products that made anyone sick or killed anyone, apparently because those events have never taken place.
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