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  •  This is great news for small dairies like (11+ / 0-)

    mine, and consumers.  Fortunately having a sheep dairy, it's not a personal issue for us, but having the law allow quality to be stressed over quantity is good for everyone.

    But calling somatic cells 'pus'?  As one of the resident experts on this site on somatic cells, because I own a dairy, that is quite wrong.

    Somatic cells are present in all milk.  Even ours.  It's just that having an elevated number of them for the species indicates a possible infection, and therefore other problems with the milk that cannot be tested directly.  

    The government sets a really low threshold for the counts to exclude any milk that might possibly come from an infected animal.  Called the sub-clinical stage, well before any symptoms would be seen.  My agent from the Dept of Ag is out here all the time with his vials and beakers and rubber gloves making sure our milk is safe.

    If it shows any indication of elevated somatic cell counts, and therefore potential infection, down the drain it goes.

    But there's nothing wrong with somatic cells in and of themselves.  They're perfectly natural white blood cells.  Just like there's nothing wrong with plasma, but if you see a guy lying in a huge puddle of them, it gives you a hint something is wrong.

    •  somatic cells or pus - (0+ / 0-)

      once I heard the word pus associated with milk - which I have loved and enjoyed for over 50 yrs - I stopped cold.

      Still trying to quit ice cream.

      "I don't wanna give them the keys back. They don't know how to drive." President Barack Obama

      by lisastar on Sat Oct 02, 2010 at 06:02:07 PM PDT

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      •  I understand you don't want something from a (1+ / 0-)
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        living animal, it's like not liking meat because there's blood in it. There are always somatic cells in milk.

        Religion and science don't have to be hostile to each other, but we can stop setting them up on blind dates.

        by the fan man on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 06:25:38 AM PDT

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    •  It is great news for small producers. Thanks for (0+ / 0-)

      the info on somatic cells. An uneducated consumer is much more susceptible to corporate propaganda and anti whatever hype.

      Religion and science don't have to be hostile to each other, but we can stop setting them up on blind dates.

      by the fan man on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 04:45:26 AM PDT

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