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Orem and Heber Utah Raw Milk Linked to Salmonella Newport Outbreak – Does the Wisconsin Governor read a Mormon Newspaper?

According to the Deseret News, six people, ages 2 to 56, were diagnosed with Salmonella Newport in April, according to Utah County Health Department spokesman Lance Madigan. Four of the cases were in Utah County, with one each in Salt Lake and Wasatch counties. When investigators went through their where-have-you-been, what-have-you-eaten studies, they found all six had consumed raw milk bought from Real Foods stores in Orem and Heber City. That led them to Redmond Farms in Sevier County, where the raw milk was produced, he said.

Several state and county agencies say samples of unpasteurized milk show it contained Salmonella. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Utah Department of Health and Utah County Health Department announced their findings Friday.

Scott Bauer of the AP, reports that Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle may be having second thoughts on the raw milk bill that cleared both houses of the legislature. It seems that cheesemakers, doctors, veterinarians and other opponents of legalizing raw milk sales in Wisconsin are urging Gov. Jim Doyle on Friday to veto the bill, citing safety risks. Doyle last month indicated he was likely to sign it into law, but this week began to back off those statements after being barraged with opposition to the plan. Doyle now says he needs more time to study the issue and he hasn’t decided what to do. He has until Thursday to act on it or allow it to become law without his signature.

"The public health and dairy communities are almost unanimous, if not completely unanimous, in their opposition to the bill," Doyle spokesman Adam Collins said. "The governor is weighing what he is hearing very carefully and will make a decision soon."

I wonder if the Gov reads the paper from Utah?