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Selling Raw Milk Puts Farmers – And The Public – At Considerable Risk

February 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Though selling unpasteurized, raw milk can save farmers money, it can also put their livelihoods – and the general public – in jeopardy, thanks to the dangers of bacterial contamination, according to researchers at Cornell University who testified before a New Jersey legislative committee. The researchers cited a $2.4 lawsuit in Washington that resulted from raw milk illness that may be traceable to a dairy farm. And 35 people in four states became sick recently after drinking unpasteurized raw milk. The researchers called pasteurization a” proven public health mechanism” that can prevent the health, and legal, problems associated with selling and drinking raw milk.
Rob Ralyea, "Raw Milk Is a Dangerous Raw Deal for Farmers and Consumers, Experts Say", News release, testimony, N.J. State Assembly, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, February 06, 2012, © Cornell University
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