Raw Milk Sickens Five Children

Raw milk products from Organic Pastures in Fresno were recalled by state officials after five children were made ill by what is believed to have been E. coli bacteria. Three of the children had to be hospitalized due to their kidneys beginning to fail. Organic Pastures milk had been recalled once before in 2006.

Before pasteurization of dairy milk it can contain E. coli, salmonella, tuberculosis and diptheria. In 1913 it was reported that a small outbreak of diptheria was traced to a dairy, “The following table, No. I, shows the number of cases of diphtheria reported in days on the milk route of the dairy which was the cause of the outbreak.” Report of a Milk-Borne Epidemic of Diptheria, DR. Herbert H. Waite, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 2005 35 people in New York got tuberculosis from eating raw milk products. Tuberculosis is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world.

Raw milk enthusiasts claim it is healthier due to it containing more enzymes and nutrients. Others say they are skeptical of such claims, but insist it tastes better than the pasteurized form.

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Linda H.
Linda H.2 years ago

Whilst not a vegan, I tend to avoid cow's milk. Yada yada yada... hormones... yada yada yada... bad for environment... We all know that there are lots of reasons not to drink it. Besides I much prefer the taste of coconut milk and almond milk and I love the health benefits of hemp milk. That said, when having tea or coffee at friend's houses I don't mind a splash of cow's milk as that's usually what people have and I am not one to create a fuss. I have never tried raw milk but I am sure that like meat, eggs etc there is always the chance of bacteria. These things happen and it's terrible that the children are sick but there's no reason to condemn all raw milk as far as I can see. I do think that raw milk does probably have more health benefits than pasteurized but I'll be sticking to my other milks, purely because I prefer them to cow's milk in general.

Mia Reh
Mia Reh2 years ago

My best childhood memory is from the time I spent all summers at my grandmothers place. Freshly milked milk, still warm.. there was nothing better... for me and for her cats:D

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

I don't think any kind of milk is really good for you to drink.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Vicki B.
Vicki B.3 years ago

Maybe the cows ate something bad that made the children sick.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.3 years ago

raw milk is way healthier! i don't really buy into this story...proof please...it's telling that the article is so short.

Erika Miller
Erika M.4 years ago

noted, though I don't buy into it.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Ryder W.
Ryder W.4 years ago

milk makes people ill all the time. dairy causes growths like cancer, tumors, cysts, and ulcers on internal organs. it also depletes calcium from bones. E. coli and tuberculosis should be the least of a milk drinker's worries.

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare4 years ago

Dear Anne:
I'm not defending Jake; I dont even know the guy to know whether or not he is "a Cyberbully, rude, defensive and combative". However, I dont like the fact that you "have contacted Care2 regarding [his] conduct here." I keep meeting obnoxious people on this site, some are obnoxious because they chose to be that way and some because they accept to get brainwashed by the media or whatever, but I never contacted the site to get them kicked out or whatever because I feel thats soooo not...care2, you know? :/
If he is ignorant,teach him. If he being a dick then debate him and make him feel like the fool that he is, but please allow everyone to have an opinion.