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Safest to Skip the Raw Milk

The renaissance of raw milk is causing nasty, drug-resistant infections.

The Centers for Disease Control reports an outbreak of 17 cases of drug-resistent Campylobacter jejuni infections from raw milk in Colorado. These strains cause more severe disease and take longer to recover. Though selling raw milk is illegal in Colorado, herdsharing is not, and that is where this infection was spread. (For an indepth discussion about the risks of nonpasteurized dairy products see this article.)

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Raw Milk Warning

People who drank Udder Milk raw milk probably need antibiotics.

Anyone who consumed raw milk or milk products from Udder Milk within the last 6 months should see their physician and receive post-exposure antibiotic treatment. This CDC advisory comes after a New Jersey woman contracted Brucella abortus RB51 after drinking raw milk from this company. Any one consuming raw milk should assess themselves every day for fever for 30 days after exposure, and muscle pain, fatigue, arthritis, depression and testicular swelling for 6 months.

PositiveTip: It is best to avoid consumption of any raw milk or products.

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Raw Dairy Products Not Safe

Disease outbreaks are 150 times higher with raw milk.

The interstate distribution and sale of non-pasteurized dairy products has been prohibited in the United States since 1987. However, each state regulates the sale of dairy products produced within its borders, and some states permit the sale of raw milk. In a review of all disease outbreaks between 1993-2006, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researchers have found that the rate of dairy-associated outbreaks is almost 150 times higher from unpasteurized products than from pasteurized milk. Sixty percent of those sickened were people under 20 years old.

PositiveTip: Consuming food products made from raw milk should not be considered safe under any circumstances.