Skip to comments.Saudi Establishes Camel Milk Firm in California
Posted on 07/04/2014 10:37:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A young Saudi has established a company selling camel's milk in the United States, despite the animals reportedly being the source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.
According to a report in a Los Angeles newspaper, Walid Abdulwahab, 23, set up the company as part of his class project at the University of Southern California.
The lighthearted slogan of his company, Desert Farms, is "Make every day a humpday." Supplied by seven small camel farms, most of them owned by Amish, the Santa Monica-based company recently sold camel milk of $100,000, as it spreads its claims of nutritional and health benefits, the report stated.
"What we know about the camel milk is that, in terms of health, it outperforms every other dairy beverage," Abdulwahab reportedly said.
With no appreciable difference in taste from cow's milk, camel's has 50 percent less fat and about 40 fewer calories per cup. It also has about the same amounts of other nutrients. Desert Farms sells milk raw or pasteurized, with the pasteurized version in most stores, the report stated.
But it doesn't come cheap. A pint, or almost 500mls, costs $16 to $19 online (SR60 to SR71).
The report stated that Abdulwahab's project was inspired by a visit home to Saudi Arabia. After investing his own funds to launch in January, he now supplies camel's milk to stores in Northern California, in addition to selling it online.
Around 80 percent of its products are sold to families that have autistic children, because camel's milk apparently helps to improve the motor skills of these children. "Camel milk has been used for centuries in the Middle East by nomads and Bedouins, and they swore by it," he said.
"That's why people have faith in it, it's a historical product."
While researching his class project, he learned that some farms in the West and Midwest, mostly owned by Amish, milked camels. He approached them, and soon seven small farms began supplying milk for Desert Farms, the report stated.
According to Abdulwahab, cows outnumber camels by about 18,000 to 1 in US, making cow's milk less pricey.
"Nobody has tested camel's milk scientifically," said Jay Gargus, director of the University of California Irvine Center for Autism Research and Translation.
After partnering with Christina Adams, a writer who has reported success with camel milk and her own son, the Irvine labs began tests this month to "see if there's some basis to it," he reportedly said.
But is it A1 or A2?
In Saudi Arabia they like to kiss their camels (no kidding), which is probably how their camels get MERS. I wouldn’t think this is going to prove a problem with actual Amish farmers.
Can you say MER’s?
Definitely changes the meaning of, ‘milk run’!
Don’t forget to have one of your virgin camels piss in the milk! YUCK!
Californians will Love Camel Milk ,until they find out what a Camel is
So this time it actually an Amish endeavor.
This is a veiled scheme for Saudis to bring their camel-wives to America. They miss the romance.
Camel makes decent burger. Flavor is a little stronger than beef. Not bad at all.
OK, let me be the first to point out why camels are called
the “ships of the desert”.......because they are full of
And no doubt a camel prostitution ring in the back 40 for members of the local mosque.
A major problem with cow's milk in the US is all of the antibiotics required by law. They settle in the fat and anything with milkfat is getting those drugs into ones system.
If camel milk can avoid that, and it's less fatty to begin with, it just might be healthier than cow's milk is.
Yah, Californians don’t know what a camel is including the
3K plus (most from any state) who frequent this site.
Are you a cheap shot artist or just too ignorant to
understand not all Californians are like the ones you
mainly see in the MSM?
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