Raw Milk Linked to Food Poisoning Outbreaks
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published new research showing that the rate of food poisoning outbreaks from raw (unpasteurized) milk and dairy products is 150 times higher compared to outbreaks caused by pasteurized milk.
The CDC’s report analyzes data from 1993 to 2006 and found that raw milk has led to 73 outbreaks, two deaths and various permanent disabilities. Pasteurized milk, although accounting for fewer outbreaks, also accounted for 48 outbreaks that sickened thousands and killed one during the same time period.
The results were alarming to the CDC because raw milk accounts for less than one percent of total dairy sales. Outbreaks can be caused from many kinds of bacteria, including Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria, and Campylobacter. The CDC believes that these outbreaks may be on the rise because of the growing popularity of raw milk.
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