Unpasteurized Milk And Milk Products: Are they Safe for Health?

by Medindia Content Team on  August 14, 2006 at 9:27 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Unpasteurized Milk And Milk Products:  Are they Safe for Health?
The gaining popularity of unpasteurized milk has raised questions over the safety of drinking such milk. While people consume unpasteurized milk for a variety of reasons from religious belief to thinking that unpasteurized milk are healthier and tastier, it can't be denied that some people who consume it do fall sick.

There been have instances where people have fallen sick after taking unpasteurized products like 58 people in Wisconsin becoming ill after eating unpasteurized cheese curds contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni and five people from Colorado becoming sick after consuming raw milk from dairy containing the same bacteria.

Also, in 2004, one infant death was reported following consumption of imported Mexican cheese made from unpasteurized milk following which New York State Health Department warned against consumption of the product. There have also been other instances of outbreaks after drinking unpasteurized milk particularly outbreaks caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7 reported in Canada last April and in Washington State in December 2005.

The rules regarding consumption or sale of raw milk are different in different states and are often circumvented by the suppliers. So, while drinking unpasteurized milk may have its own benefits there are also risks associated with it and it is safer not to include these particularly in diet regimen of children.


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This article, like most, fails to distinguish between continuously certified and tested commercial raw dairy products and those obtained from private untested and unregulated sources. There is NO proven instance of illness caused by certified raw milk products in the US. Your recommendation to avoid all raw milk products is absolutely ludicrous and an obviously uninformed opinion not supported by the facts. One can only assume that you are deliberately or perhaps unconsciously supporting the processed dairy industry. Also, your failure to note the nutritional deficits associated with the "ultra pasteurization" (sterilization) of milk which destroys not only lactase enzymes and the lactobacilli necessary for milk digestion but virtually all of the vitamin content indicates ignorance of the the subject. The single benefit of "ultra pasteurization" is, of course, extended shelf life, hardly a boon to the consumer.
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