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Written by Kimberly Hartke   
Monday, 01 August 2011 18:11
Weston A. Price Foundation Kimberly Hartke, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Raw Milk Risk Extremely Small Compared to Risk of Other Foods


WASHINGTON, DC June 22, 2011:  Data gleaned from U.S. government websites and government-sanctioned reports on foodborne illnesses show that the risk of contracting foodborne illness by consuming raw milk is much smaller than the risk of becoming ill from other foods, according to research by Dr. Ted Beals, MD, appearing in the Summer, 2011 issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.


“At last we have access to the numbers we need to determine the risk of consuming raw milk on a per-person basis,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation that provides information on the health benefits of raw, whole milk from pastured cows.


The key figure that permits a calculation of raw milk illnesses on a per-person basis comes from a 2007 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) FoodNet survey, which found that 3.04 percent of the population consumes raw milk, or about 9.4 million people, based on the 2010 census. This number may in fact be larger in 2011 as raw milk is growing in popularity.  For example, sales of raw milk increased 25 percent in California in 2010, while sales of pasteurized milk declined 3 percent.


In addition, Dr. Beals has compiled published reports of illness attributed to raw milk from 1999 to 2010.  During the eleven-year period, illnesses attributed to raw milk averaged 42 per year.


“Using government figures for foodborne illness for the entire population, Dr. Beals has shown that you are about thirty-five thousand times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk,” says Fallon Morell. “And with good management practices in small grass-based dairies offering fresh unprocessed whole milk for direct human consumption, we may be able to reduce the risk even further.”


“It is irresponsible for senior national government officials to oppose raw milk, claiming that it is inherently hazardous,” says Dr. Beals. “There is no justification for opposing the sale of raw milk or warning against its inclusion in the diets of children and adults.”


According to Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, “Where raw milk is concerned, the FDA has an agenda apart from protecting the public health. The agency wants to restrict and discourage the sale of unprocessed dairy products. This will have the effect of denying freedom of choice."


“Every time there is a possible connection between illness and raw milk, government officials issue dire press releases and call for bans on raw milk sales,” says Fallon Morell. “However, these numbers fail to justify the government opposition and prove what we’ve known all along, that raw milk is a safe and healthy food.”




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written by jollenbo, Oct 05 2011
Humans have been drinking raw milk for 2 thousand years! Lactobascillus is a probiotic for this reason. Raw milk means the farmer commits to healthy animals and higher standards! Theres just too much top down corruption and disinformation from government, BigFood, BigPharma, our learning institutions, and our so-called health institutions, etc. Milk is just one of the many! Too much greed and special interest lobbying as usual. The politics of overpopulation......they would rather poison us incremetally, and profit from it, than finance a long retirement for so many babyboomers.
written by Norma, Oct 02 2011
Greg, I have to disagree with your interpretation of the FDA data; "products identified as unpasteurized were associated with 30% of the dairy outbreaks, including nearly 70% of milk outbreaks" that is 70% of milk outbreaks, not all cases of food borne outbreaks. Their data showed that milk outbreaks were by far less than most of the cases.
There are still two sides
written by Greg, Sep 14 2011
Hmmm... this conflicts with research I dug up last time I looked evenly at this issue.

70% of the annual disease outbreaks were attributed to raw milk. See page 7

Thanks to the Govt. for declaring raw milk is safe.
written by Michelle r. Taylor, Aug 16 2011
I am very surprised at the fact that the Govt. is now coming forward to admit that raw milk is now claimed safe. I had heard back in April about an incident where a food co-op in the farmlands was raided and had their raw milk poured down the drain and all their money taken away and shut down the co-op by the FDA of all people, the FEDS, and the sheriff depts. I thought this was really crazy and just down right tyranny. I am so glad to learn that in the state of SC where I live, that selling raw milk is legal. Ron Paul introduced a bill that will allow raw milk to be sold across state lines legally, so I hope it will pass, will have to wait and see what happens. Thank goodness, the Govt. is finally waking up to learn that certain foods can be good for us if they are healthy and nutritious. I just hope and pray that they will finally understand the same about nutritional supplements and herbals that the FDA and certain members of congress want to take away from us.
Both Sides
written by Matt, Aug 04 2011
Just today it was confirmed that my wife and I had campylobacter last month. Wow, was it nasty stuff! We didn't necessarily get it from raw milk but it is definitely a possibility. Nevertheless, I think we have benefited greatly from raw milk. I hadn't consumed milk for the previous 2 years because it kicked my Crohn's into gear.

So, there are certainly benefits to it but also some risks just as with any food. Just have to be sure of the source and their practices in preparation whether from a family farm or at a grocery store.
Milk by any other name?
written by Ron Reimer, Aug 03 2011
What is increasingly apparent is that what is harmful is not raw " milk" but milk that is produced conventionally and is not sanitized. "Milk" that comes from small, grass based dairies does not need to be sterilized to be healthful. Conventional milk is not healthful raw or cooked, and may not be safe, even if cooked. In fact maybe raw "milk" should be distinguished from the "udder milk" with a different terminology, e.g., natural bovine lactate, to distinguish it from it's industrially produced counterpart. No laws against selling natural bovine lactate, yet!smilies/wink.gif
Raw Milk is Safe!
written by Demetra Vagias MD, ND, Aug 02 2011
I am always providing literature (proof) to my patients stating that it is perfectly SAFE and nourishing to drink raw dairy from healthy, grass-fed animals. This info will serve my practice and the public well!! Thanks for all you do at WAPF!!

Demetra Vagias MD, ND
Great Info!
written by Demetra Vagias MD, ND, Aug 02 2011
I have to constantly provide patients with proof that drinking raw dairy from grass-fed, healthy animals is SAFE! This will serve my practice, as well as the general public well...thank you for all you guys do at WAPF!!!
Thank you...Demetra Vagias MD, ND
written by Betse Lanier, Aug 02 2011
This is wonderful information! I have benefitted tremendously from raw milk. It's very hard to get. Perhaps we're a bit closer to making raw milk available to those who want it!
Just the information we need.
written by Tim Henderson, DC, Aug 02 2011
Thank you for providing this valuable information. I t is just the kind of info we need to combat the ignorance surrounding the raw milk debate. As a former Sanitarian and food safety professional I was always confused by the level of enforcement activity vs the epidemiological data associated with raw milk and other small farm produced items. Thanks Again!
Dr. Tim

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