Raw Milk…Why?

Based on a conversation my husband had with his Dr. Brother and based on the fact that my husband doesn’t really know anything about raw milk I thought I would post the power point that I sent to Dr. Brother. It is a great starting point for learning about raw milk including some of the myths associated with it and what risks it actually carries. The slide show includes the sources on the bottom right of the slides. It is a long slide show but well worth the read and poses as a great starting place to learn about the topic and the biases placed on raw milk.

Be patient. It takes a few minutes to load. I suggest right clicking on the link and saving it and then opening it from your hard drive. If you don’t want to do that then just click it and open it and it will take a few minutes to pull up.


The power point was obtained from www.realmilk.com

Here is one of my other posts about raw milk.

One of my favorite slides:

Raw milk is often blamed for causing infection with Listeria Monocytogenes, a deadly food pathogen that can cause severe illness and fetal death, premature birth or neonatal illness and death.

In a 2003 USDA/FDA report: Compared to raw milk

515 times more illnesses from L-mono due to deli meats

29 times more illness from L-mono due to pasteurized milk

On a PER-SERVING BASIS, deli meats were TEN times more likely to cause illness

FDA: “Raw milk is inherently dangerous and should not be consumed

Where are the FDA’s charges that deli meats are “inherently dangerous and should not be consumed? Where is the FDA’s exhortation to “everyone charged with protecting the publish health” to “prevent the sale of deli meats to consumers”?

Intrepretive Summary – Listeria Monocytogenes Risk Assessment
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
FDA, USDHHS, USDA, Sept. 2003, page 17


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