SD Raw Milk Makers Say They're Getting Raw Deal
by Associated Press
October 20, 2012 2:19 PM
Producers of raw milk in the Black Hills are saying they've been given a raw deal after the state's Department of Agriculture ordered them to stop sales.
The department earlier this week ordered Black Hills Milk of Belle Fourche to immediately discontinue sales after a bacteria was found in a raw milk sample.
Black Hills Milk co-owner Dawn Habek says the sample milk was collected Sept. 25, about three weeks before the bacteria discovery was announced.
Habek says if the state was really worried about people, word of the tainted milk would have "come out earlier."
State Dairy Program Administrator Darwin Kurtenbach says two tests came up positive for the pathogenic bacteria campylobacter, which can cause food poisoning.