having the law
changed in 2009 to
allow for the sale of camel
milk, Dr. Hinkle has been working to set up dairies and to meet the
regulations required by the FDA for the sale of camel milk
commercially. On July 30, 2012, the FDA gave Dr. Hinkle final approval
the milk to appear on grocery shelves throughout the U.S.
immediately!!! When people here in the U.S. drink the milk
they have Dr. Hinkle to thank for all her effort in making it
happen. “I am very grateful to have been the person
responsible for making the milk available for so many people here in
the U.S. and am fortunate to see such positive results in the medical
research I have been involved in with the milk,” states Dr.
goal of Camel Milk USA
is to make camel milk available to citizens of the United States and to
and studies of camel milk in this country. There are
so many people who could benefit from the healing properties of this
milk. The high levels of insulin in camel's milk and the antibodies,
which are much simpler in structure than human milk antibodies, enable
it to penetrate deeper into the human tissue and cells, which means
that the milk has the potential to serve as a major weapon against many
Studies done in
countries with autism, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Crohn's,
Parkinson's, food allergies and a variety of other illnesses have been
but Dr. Hinkle wants to repeat those studies with
pasteurized milk in medically supervised double-blind studies here in
the U.S. (Many states do not allow raw milk to be sold;
therefore we must use pasteurized milk if it is to be sold throughout
the U.S.) Dr. Hinkle has had some positive feedback
with pasteurized camel milk for the same ailments but more in-depth
studies are needed.
Hinkle also has founded
the American Camel Coalition, an organization composed of
and breeders here in the United States. The Coalition
acts as an agent to introduce and support laws and legislation that
benefit camel owners and their rights. It also acts as a
resource center for information about
the importation and sale of camels, camel milk products, the
establishment of camel dairies, and as a referral source for potential
Dr. Hinkle has finished with the new protocol for all of the dairies
under the Coalition. They are all required to have their camels tested
for Tuberculosis and Brucellosis as well as parasites and other
pathogens common to camels. Each dairy must present proof from a
veterinarian of the camel's health record.
Dr. Hinkle meets with Coalition members to ensure that packaging meets
approved standards and to recommend regulated prices so that sales
across the U.S. are uniform. Dr. Hinkle cautions that milk from dairies
that are not members of the American Camel Coalition do not necessarily
meet their standards and individuals should check to make sure that the
camel has been tested and that the milk is safe to drink.
Camel Milk USA also works closely
with other camel dairies throughout the world to promote and import
their camel milk and camel milk products for use here.
A caravan of
trailers, trucks and Amish buggies were
gathered recently at a farm in Missouri for the very first American
Camel Coalition meeting. The American Camel
Coalition, founded by Dr. Millie Hinkle in 2009, is made up of most of
camel milk producing dairies in the U.S.
The Coalition has very strict
guidelines for its members, which enables it to provide milk that is
safe to drink. All members of the Coalition are required to test their
for Brucellosis and Tuberculosis and for other pathogens that are
camels, and records are kept by the Coalition on each dairy. Dairies
the strict sanitation protocol demanded by the Coalition. “We
want the public
to feel safe when they are drinking milk from any of the dairies that
members of the Coalition,” states Hinkle.
has started the first ever pedigree database
for camel in the U.S.
In the past camel owners have been unaware if they are breeding camels
closely related to one another, because there has been no record of
kept. Hinkle aims to change this by requiring all members of the
keep records of their camels and to tag each camel. The database is
with the Coalition and with each individual camel owner. This will
enable us to
have better breeding and stronger genetic links among the camel
(there are only
approximately 3,000 camel in the U.S.).
International Camel Advisory
The International Camel Advisory Board is made up of camel experts from
around the world who give freely of their time and advice. The members
are so helpful with information in the field of research and
development, from breeding to the proper feed to milking techniques.
The camel industry is fortunate to have this great resource available.