Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In the News: Hoffman Farm stops milk sale; US Catholic bishops forced to change plans

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Raw milk sold by Hoffman Farm in Franklin tested positive for small traces of antibiotics early this month. 
The farm voluntarily recalled the tainted milk because the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has a no tolerance policy for the presence of antibiotics in milk. 
Hoffman Farm holds a Certificate of Registration from MDAR that permits it to legally sell raw – unpasteurized – milk, according to the state agency. To date, the state has not received any reports of adverse events, according to a press statement from the agency. 
The state tests raw milk produced by local dairy farms monthly."
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Hoffman Farm in Franklin
Hoffman Farm in Franklin

"At the Vatican’s insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. 
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was told on the eve of the bishop’s national meeting to delay action until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February. 
“We are not ourselves happy about this,” DiNardo told reporters in an unusual public display of frustration at a Vatican pronouncement. 
“We are working very hard to move to action — and we’ll do it,” he said. “I think people in the church have a right to be skeptical. I think they also have a right to be hopeful.”

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St Mary's church at night
St Mary's church at night

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