Is Raw Milk Safe? Analysis of Available Data on Raw Dairy

On safety of raw milk, based on the available data. Image 1: summary of a 2018 study analyzing Center for Disease Control (CDC) data from 2005-2016. Conclusion: increased legal access has been concurrent with generally declining raw milk outbreak rates.

Image 2: summary of a 2012 study analyzing CDC data from 1993-2006. This is one of the main studies that has shaped the public’s opinion on raw milk, & what the government uses to continue the campaign against raw milk.

Now view the images below for potential shortcomings of this anti-raw milk study.

Relative to other foods, dairy products are hardly a high risk product —> when adjusted for consumption, dairy causes the fewest outbreaks/illnesses of all the major food categories (beef, eggs, poultry, produce, seafood). In fact, the risk of listeria (a bacteria the CDC likes to connect to raw milk), on a per-serving basis, is about 10x higher in deli meats and hot dogs than in raw milk (yet deli meat & hot dogs aren’t ‘dangerous’)… - Further, between 1993 and 2016, there were two deaths associated with raw milk and 4 deaths associated with pasteurized milk, while there are on average 15 and 30 deaths per year from oysters and eggs, respectively. - Raw milk *produced under sanitary and healthy conditions* is safe & healthy. Of course, the cows should be tested for diseases/infections, eating food appropriate to cows (grass, hay or silage, with a small amount of grain ,if any), milked under sanitary conditions, & the milk chilled immediately. So there’s raw versus pasteurized. What about A1 vs. A2 milk? Is A2 healthier?

Below, you’ll find more posts in the dairy series. Read about…

The evolution of dairy & dairy intolerance

Difference between raw, pasteurized, & homogenized dairy

Why drink raw milk: benefits of & nutrients

Origins of pasteurization & the war against raw milk

Safety of Raw Milk?

A1 vs. A2 milk? Is A2 healthier?

Raw dairy farmers: how to find raw dairy & what to ask your farmer

Should you eat raw dairy on carnivore? How to test for dairy intolerance

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