CDC Report Points to Risks of Food Poisoning from Unpasteurized Milk Products

Unpasteurized Milk Products

Even when great precautions are taken to reduce the risk of contamination in unpasteurized milk products, the risk of contamination continues to be high.

Even when great precautions are taken to reduce the risk of contamination in unpasteurized milk products, the risk of contamination continues to be high.  According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists, a number of recent raw milk-related outbreaks involved plants that were known for their high levels of cleanliness and hygiene.

This plain simple fact is that raw milk is a very risky food, and has a much higher risk of being linked to food poisoning compared to most other types of food.  However, food poisoning attorneys find that milk as a source of food contamination in this country is vastly underestimated.  The fact is that more people are sickened from eating contaminated poultry, meats and fruits and vegetables, compared to raw milk.  That however could be due to the fact, that more people eat fruits and vegetables, than drink unpasteurized milk.

The source of contamination of unpasteurized milk is easy to understand.  Very often, the bacteria from the digestive tracts of farm animals can be transmitted into milk that is derived from these animals.  In many cases, these dangerous disease-causing organisms include E. coli as well as campylobacter.

In January 2012, federal food safety authorities tracked an outbreak of Campylobacter involving unpasteurized milk that was sourced from a Pennsylvania dairy farm.  However, when the authorities began their investigation, they found that this particular farm was among the largest sellers of unpasteurized milk products in the state of Pennsylvania, and also had a permit for selling unpasteurized products.  The plant had a good safety record, and had actually tested its own milk for E. coli more frequently than was required.  Even with all these protocols in place, the plant was the source of contamination of these raw milk products.

 

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