3 arrested on raw-milk charges/Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

Contrast the level of action taken towards those tree hugging hippies with their raw foods collective vs Cargill.

Corporate Fascism means too big to be arrested.

From LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-milk-raid-20110804,0,7791693.story

L.A. County prosecutors allege that unpasteurized dairy products were sold illegally and did not meet health standards.

By Stuart Pfeifer and P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2011

The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles alleged that Stewart, 64, operates a Venice market called Rawesome Foods through which he illegally sold dairy products that did not meet health standards because they were unpasteurized or were produced at unlicensed facilities.

Palmer, 51, has operated Healthy Family Farms in Santa Paula since 2007 without the required licensing for milk production, prosecutors allege. She and her company face nine charges related to the production of unpasteurized milk products.

Bloch, a Healthy Family Farms employee, is charged with three counts of conspiracy.

The arrests followed a one-year investigation during which undercover agents purchased unpasteurized dairy products from Healthy Family Farms stands in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, said Matthew Krasnowski, a district attorney spokesman. The products included unpasteurized goat milk, cheese and yogurt.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-milk-raid-20110804,0,7791693.story

Government war on raw milk?

Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

From MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43988256/ns/health-food_safety/

Patties, ground meat sold in grocery stores linked to salmonella death, illnesses

By JoNel Aleccia Health writer

Meat giant Cargill Inc. is recalling nearly 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a California death and at least 78 other salmonella illnesses nationwide, company officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the Class I recall, with the highest health risk, late Wednesday. All of the recalled products were produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., plant.

Products include “chubs” of fresh and frozen ground turkey meat, retail trays of ground turkey and ground turkey patties sold at grocery stores including Kroger, Safeway and Giant Eagle, according to company’s recall list.

The massive recall follows the death of a Sacramento, Calif., resident tied to an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning that has sickened people in 26 states since March. At the family’s request, no details about the death have been released.

In a statement, Cargill officials said the firm was suspending production of ground turkey at the Sprindale plant until it could identify the source of contamination and fix it.

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One Response to “3 arrested on raw-milk charges/Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey”

  1. Jan Steinman Says:

    UPDATE: at least one of the “Rawsome Three” has been released on bail, but under the UNCONSTITUTIONAL condition that she not discuss the case with anyone.

    I wrote the LADA, suggesting that any crime heinous enough to cause suspension of our Constitutional Freedom of Speech should not be allowed bail at all, and that she try to get that past a judge, rather that trample on the rights of the accused.

    I would stay in jail rather than submit to a gag order.

    Let the LADA know what you think about this fiasco: SANDI@DA.LACOUNTY.GOV

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