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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