Last week’s blog on the power of pasteurization was the most tweeted blog I ever wrote. Thank you very much loyal Daily Dose of Dairy subscribers. The topic really resonated with many of you. If you missed the blog, you can link to it HERE.
The topic is very timely, as this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in its Emerging Infectious Diseases journal (January 2015) showing that the average annual number of outbreaks due to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk more than quadrupled since the last similar study--from an average of three outbreaks per year from 1993 to 2006 to 13 per year from 2007 to 2012. Overall, there were 81 outbreaks in 26 states from 2007 to 2012. The outbreaks, which accounted for about 5% of all foodborne outbreaks with a known food source, sickened nearly 1,000 people and sent 73 to the hospital. More than 80% of the outbreaks occurred in states where selling raw milk was legal. You can access the review HERE.
According to CDC, as more states have allowed the legal sale of raw milk, there has been a rapid increase in the number of raw milk-associated outbreaks. Since 2004, eight additional states have begun allowing the sale of raw milk, bringing the number of states where raw milk sales are legal to 30. At least five additional states allow cow shares--a practice where people can pay a fee for a cow’s care in return for some of the cow’s raw milk--for a total of 10 states as of the most recent survey. If more states begin allowing sales of raw milk, the number of outbreaks and illnesses will continue to rise. CDC recommends against consuming raw milk, especially for people who may be more likely to suffer severe illness (children, senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems). More information about health risks associated with raw milk, link HERE.
With 2015 just weeks away, please add The International Dairy Show to your calendar. Make sure you budget for your travels.
This biennial event will take place September 15 to 18, 2015, at McCormick Place in Chicago—home of the Daily Dose of Dairy. And, back by popular demand, the Daily Dose of Dairy will be LIVE at the IDairyShow Theater located in the North Hall. During each day of the four-day expo, there will be a new products and trends presentation focusing on different dairy product categories. The schedule will be announced by early summer. Book your travels so you can attend all four Daily Dose of Dairy LIVE presentations. Each day is different.
As a Chicago native--my entire life, born and raised in the Windy City, not the suburbs, and still in the city proper raising a family—feel free to reach out with any hotel, restaurant and sightseeing questions by emailing me HERE.
Starting in the New Year, I will include a “must see” Chicago travel tip in every Friday blog.
In addition to Daily Dose of Dairy LIVE returning, so is the Ingredients, Flavorings and Seasonings pavilion, as well as the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest and IDFA Innovations Awards. And new in 2015, IDFA will feature two on-floor classrooms and has added the Distribution and Supply Chain Pavilion.
The show dates and hours are:
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 17 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 18 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
100,000 to 10,000,000
Nearly a quarter of the attendees at the 2013 Dairy Show stated they will realize anywhere between $100,000 to $10 million in profits and cost savings directly from a solution they found at the Dairy Show. Imagine what you can do for your business by bringing your team and attending this event in 2015.
The Dairy Show is teaming up with Process Expo and InterBev—bringing the total attendance to 20,000 colleagues who you can network with.
Your Dairy Show registration gives you access to all three Shows where you can explore 1,000 suppliers offering the latest technology.
The Dairy Show is committed to making your experience the best you’ll have at any show throughout the year and to top the success of the 2013 Show—rated as one of Trade Show Executive Magazine’s top-50 fastest growing shows.
Less than one more month until registration opens! Check the Dairy Show website starting January 7, 2015. Make sure to earmark funds to cover the registration fees and travel for your entire team. Special discounts and benefits are available for groups.
For additional information on the show, link HERE.