FDA Warns Against Raw Milk Due to Bacterial Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers against drinking raw milk.  At least 12 cases of campylobacteriosis have been reported in Michigan traced to unpasturized milk.  The milk came from the Forest Grove Dairy in Middlebury, Indiana.

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.

The FDA points out that “the harmful bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, infants, young children and people with weakened immune systems.”

The  FDA has required that all milk packaged for interstate commerce be pasteurized since 1987.  Both the FDA and CDC have long warned against drinking raw milk because of potential contamination with bacteria, including Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter and Brucella.

During pasteurization, milk is heated to kill bacteria.

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