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Rutgers University Seminar Series on Raw Milk

The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is sponsoring a seminar series to help people understand the issues and provide science-based information about raw milk.

March 25, 2008

New Brunswick, N.J.- The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is sponsoring a seminar series to help people understand the issues and provide science-based information about raw milk.

The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment station recently formed a "Raw Milk Working Group" to conduct research and extension programs concerning raw milk. The group identified informed consumer choice as critical to dealing with the raw milk issue. The seminar series is designed to bring the latest science and objective discussion to the public.

The third seminar of the series, "Raw Milk, A Microbiology Primer," is scheduled for April 3. The speaker is Dr. Mark Gebhart, MD., Wright State University. Gebhart has worked extensively in acute care medicine as a clinician, teacher, and researcher. He has taken a keen interest in nutrition and has extensively studied small scale organic farming, relationships of modern agricultural practices and human health and the impact of microbiology on human health and disease. He has take n a special interest in raw milk obtained from organic grass fed cows and believes many of the gastrointestinal disorders affecting millions of Americans could be cured by consumption of this product. He will speak in the Alampi Room in the Marine Science Building at 1:00 pm.

The fourth seminar of the series, "A Risk Assessor Takes a Look at Raw Milk," is scheduled for April 7. The speaker is Dr. Donald W. Schaffner, extension specialist and professor of food science at Rutgers. Schaffner has educated thousands of food industry professionals through numerous short courses and workshops in the United States and more than a dozen countries around the world. He has served on expert committees for the United States National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and has chaired two expert workshops on microbial risk for World Health Organization/ Food and Agriculture Organization. He is currently serving a five year term as editor for the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. In April 2007, he was also appointed to serve a second term on the National Advisory Committee on Microbial Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).

The first seminar, "Raw Milk, Mother Nature's Inconvenient Truth," held on February 6, 2008, featured Mark McAfee, an organic dairy farmer. The second seminar, "Raw Milk Wars, Government's Attempt to Dictate What Foods We Can Consume," held February 20, featured David G. Cox, an attorney.

The Rutgers raw milk extension program is also conducting a search and review of the scientific literature pertaining to both raw and pasteurized milk. This information is being collected for educational purposes and is being organized for placement on an internal Rutgers Cooperative Extension web site for ease of sharing information among scientists.
Contact: Michele Hujber
Office of Communications
848-932-7000


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences