Raw Milk – Real Risks – Wisconsin, Idaho, Georgia and Alaska Raw Milk Debate

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        The following are two excerpts, since this is a long-ish article. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what the transport tank biofilm contained — in terms of microbial species?

        Food Poison Journal

        Posted March 29, 2010 by Bill Marler

        I really was not going to jump too much further into the Wisconsin Raw Milk debate until I read this quote the other morning: “We just don’t see that as an issue.” That’s what Kathy Kramer, nutritionist and office manager at the Weston A. Price Foundation in Washington, D.C., told Mike Nichols of the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Online when he asked, what if people get sick from drinking raw or unpasteurized milk?

        Over the last years I have tried to bring some level of rationality to the debate over the consumption of raw milk. I first published on my blog a summary of the findings of a review of peer-reviewed literature on the topic of the “pros” of the consumption of raw milk. I then posted about the “cons.”

        Until the proponents admit that the outbreaks are more than FDA conspiracies against them and learn something, they can never take the high moral ground that they desire. The fact is that Raw Milk produced by your favorite local farmer or hamburger or cookie dough made by some faceless mega-corporation, can sicken or kill your child if it is contaminated with a food borne pathogen like E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Listeria or Salmonella.

        Another excerpt:

        As part of the investigation of the outbreak, CDA conducted an environmental inspection of the Simsbury Town Farm Dairy. CDA found a number of troubling practices at the dairy. These included: manual bottling of raw milk directly from the bulk tank; failure to cap valves; an improper seal around the shaft of the transport tank; and a biofilm protein residue found inside the transport tank. In addition, investigators found a number of “poor hygienic practices” at the dairy. Among these was the storage of a stainless steel milk tank in an exposed unsanitary bucket…

        The full article is here.

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