Study: Raw milk 840 times more likely to make you sick

161°F. Toasty, right?

That’s the recommended temperature for milk to be heated up to in order to kill pathogens. Many commercial operations heat their milk to temperatures quite a bit hotter still.

The process, pasteurization, can be done in a few different ways, but is essential for making many foods, especially dairy products, safe to […]

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Raw Milk, Cheese Cause Almost All Dairy Foodborne Illness — Food Safety Magazine A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

Study on bacterial diversity in milk aims to improve food safety

Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently found that fresh (or raw) milk transported by tanker truck for processing shows “amazing bacterial diversity,” which even varies by season.

Reported in mBio, the researchers explained that while microbes with the potential to cause disease are destroyed during milk pasteurization, not all bacteria and their associated enzymes […]

Politicians prove pasteurization is a pretty good idea

State health officials in West Virginia are investigating an illness outbreak that could be linked to drinking raw milk. This comes just days after a bill allowing West Virginians to drink raw milk was passed, and some of the lawmakers responsible for getting the bill passed, drank raw milk in celebration and later became ill.

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UN says food price crisis unlikely but urges action – Huffington Post Food

Although global food prices have stabilized, many fear unrest as seen after a similar food crisis […]