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Greek deputy minister resigns over crucial milk reform

Greece's deputy minister in charge of rural development and food said on Saturday he has resigned over new milk regulations included in an omnibus bill of reforms required by the debt-hit country's lenders. Maximos Charakopoulos, also a MP of the New Democracy ruling party, in his resignation statement criticised the Ministry of Development for proceeding with new regulations about the shelf-life of fresh milk without the consent of his food ministry.

Greece's deputy ag minister resigns over milk changes but will back overall reform bill

ATHENS, Greece - Greek's deputy agriculture minister has resigned over a proposal to lengthen the shelf life of milk but says he will vote for an omnibus reform bill to ensure more loans by Greece's creditors. Minister Maximos Harakopoulos, who represents an agricultural constituency, has opposed the milk reform, one of several demanded by Greece's creditors — the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Cattle farmers fear the change will favour imports. Greek milk prices are among the highest in Europe.

Ontario raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt loses conviction appeal

TORONTO - Ontario's top court has slapped down an Ontario farmer who has long championed the right to sell and drink unpasteurized milk. The court upheld a 2011 conviction against Michael Schmidt that saw him fined $9,150. In its ruling, the court said Schmidt's "cow-share" scheme — in which consumers supposedly bought an ownership interest in a dairy cow — was little more than a way to circumvent public-health rules. Schmidt has been involved in a 20-year battle to make unpasteurized milk available to non-farmers.

Camels likely source of MERS virus in people

A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans, said a study Tuesday. Called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, it has killed 79 of the 182 people infected since September 2012, according to the World Health Organization. Until now, little was known about its source or how it could be infecting people.

Mead Johnson says promotional payments in China violated its policies and may have broken laws

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Infant formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition said its Chinese subsidiary may have violated U.S. and local laws, including anti-bribery statutes.

Farmer takes battle over raw milk sales to Ontario's highest court

TORONTO - A farmer defending his self-professed right to sell unpasteurized milk is telling Ontario's top court he feels an obligation to question a law he feels is outdated and unjust. Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt is arguing that by making the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk illegal, Ontario is infringing on both his and his customers' basic freedoms. Schmidt's lawyers are pointing out that the Charter of Rights includes "the right of individuals to make decisions pertaining to their own bodies and their own health."

Raw milk crusader takes fight to Ontario's top court

TORONTO - A crusading farmer and his supporters are taking their self-professed right to drink unpasteurized milk, which the government calls a "significant public health risk," to Ontario's top court this week. Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt is arguing that by making the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk illegal, the province is infringing on both his and his customers' basic freedoms.

Avoid raw milk due to infection risks: pediatricians

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women, babies and kids should not drink raw or unpasteurized milk, a group of pediatricians said on Monday. Because of infection risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases and Committee on Nutrition also said sales of unpasteurized milk, cheese and related products should be banned in the U.S.

China Focus: Dairy prices rise as supply shrinks

HOHHOT, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese consumers can expect higher dairy prices in December because of a shrinking supply of raw milk from the country's fragmented milk farms. Most domestic dairy companies put up prices last week, ranging from five to 20 percent. This was mainly in the low-end milk market. Milk profits are usually thin and are sensitive to price volatility. The price of premium products and milk powders are largely unaffected as high profit margins are able to absorb rising costs.

Puerto Rican cattlemen hail suspension of price cut on their milk

San Juan, Nov 9 (EFEUSA).- Puerto Rican cattlemen hailed the suspension, ordered by a federal judge, of the accord reached between the local government and milk processors that these companies could pay producers less for their milk and thus increase their own profit margins. The president of the Puerto Rico Association of Stockbreeders, Juan Carlos Rivera, told Efe Saturday that he felt satisfied at the decision by Judge Daniel Dominguez to suspend a ruling that meant processors would pay cattle ranchers 14 cents less per liter of milk.
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