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Re: “Drink it raw

Those who have paid attention will note that Ms. McGonigle-Martins comments are riddled with a multitude of inconsistencies. In addition, she continues to blur the facts with her own conclusions and opinion despite irrefutable evidence. Unfortunately, the media locks onto these statements and further spins them as truth. The intent here is not to discredit or minimize the suffering that Ms. McGonigle and her family have endured, but to illuminate the truth regarding Organic Pastures Dairy, whom she states she does not want to blame and then has, repeatedly. Facts: 1. Organic Pastures Dairy was EXONERATED by the state of California because: 2. 2,000 tests for pathogens from OPD farm, animals, and products were NEGATIVE that means NO PATHOGENS on the cows or anywhere 3. The OPD milk sample from Ms. McGonigle-Martins refrigerator was found NEGATIVE for pathogens despite the fact it had been left in the trash for a few days It is sobering to realize that our food supply is not as safe as industry and government officials would like us to believe. E. coli 0157:H7 is rapidly becoming ubiquitous to the soil and ground water in California, where most of the nations produce is grown. Contaminated produce is the major vehicle for food borne illness. (38% produce compared to <1% for ALL dairy) Bad bugs are everywhere. (E. coli can survive on a dollar bill for up to seven days!). The CDC has identified 13 key food borne pathogens and expects more to develop. At an alarming rate, these pathogens are becoming antibiotic resistant due to their over use and mutation in industrial agricultures crowded feed lots. The pathogen that sickened Chris did not come from OPD, no matter how hard Ms. McGonigle-Martin tries to rationalize her experience. Facts are facts. No parent would intentionally poison a child and no one is blaming her. The CDC and FDA may never find the source for the 2006 California E. coli /spinach outbreak and Ms. McGonigle-Martin may never know what sickened her son. The CDC admits that they can only identify the source in one third of all reported food borne illnesses. As parents we do the best we can, knowing that anything we put into our mouths has the potential to cause illness. So, in kindness, it is suggested that Ms. McGonigle-Martin may find professional counseling beneficial to processing the enormous guilt she expresses in telling her story.

Posted by mooshine on 07/01/2007 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Drink it raw

It is great to know that Mary McGonigle-Martins son, Chris, has recovered and is doing fantastic after his unfortunate food poisoning. It is difficult to image how traumatic an experience that would be for any child or parent. What is disturbing is Ms. McGonigle-Martins accusation that her sons illness was caused by raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy. Truth is that Chris was sickened NOT by E.coli 0157:H7 but from Shigella bacteria. Does she reveal that? NO! Note her statement, Ive given so much thought to how and why Chris became ill last summer. He became ill from something that was contaminated with unidentified bacteria that almost killed him. Ive come to my OWN CONCLUSION that the something was PROBABLY raw milk and the unidentified bacteria were MOST LIKELY e-coli. Her own conclusion? Probably raw milk most likely e.coli? Sounds a little libelous! Organic Pastures Dairy was found innocent in these allegations. The California state health officials performed over 2,000 tests of every square inch of the farm. They dug three feet into each cow in attempt to pull out a pathogen. NOT ONE pathogen was found. OP Dairy owner Mark McAfee intensively tests his milk more frequently than required. In seven years of business, not one pathogen has ever been found. EVER! Healthy grass fed cows produce healthy milk. The state of California cleared the dairy. Read the article, State Clears Fresno County Dairys Raw Milk in E. Coli Case, on the Food Safety Network website. This is all too typical of the blame and bias given to raw milk. Like the Duke Lacrosse Team, raw milk remains an easy target. Thankfully, there are those who are intelligent enough to ferret out the truth for themselves. Too bad the rest are just sheeple, blindly led and deceived by big business and big government.

Posted by mooshine on 06/29/2007 at 8:32 PM

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