Raw Milk

Issues

Raw Milk

The Breakdown

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that one is 150 times more likely to become sick from unpasteurized milk than from pasteurized milk.

• The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the CDC, other regulatory public officials and scientists alike have clearly stated that pathogens from raw milk may lead to infections including tuberculosis, diphtheria, and typhoid.

• The US Food and Drug Administration (USDA) has banned interstate sales of raw milk. However, the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 (HR 4308), if passed, will prohibit the USDA from banning raw milk sales if the raw milk meets certain predetermined criteria.

• Raw milk sales (on farms and through cow share programs) are legal in 10 states and illegal in 11 others states as well as in Washington DC, with other states having varying restrictions on purchase or consumption.

Our Position

• Stop Foodborne Illness does not support the sale of raw milk as an end-use product or consumption of raw milk.

• Proponents of raw milk claim that it is more nutritious than pasteurized milk, but years of scientific research show that in fact, raw milk and pasteurized milk hold the same nutritional value.

• Stop Foodborne Illness does not support the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 (HR 4309).

• Stop cautions consumers not to drink any raw milk or consume any raw milk products (cheeses, butters, etc.).

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