Raw Milk 'Safer than Lettuce', New Report Finds


New reports from the Journal of Food Protection have indicated that, contrary to popular belief, raw milk should be considered a low-risk food. According to the Wall Street Journal, these quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) were reviewed and presented at the Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC during a presentation entitled “Unpasteurized milk: myths and evidence.”

Researcher Nadine Ijaz, MSc, noted the data “demonstrated how inappropriate evidence has long been mistakenly used to affirm the “myth” that raw milk is a high-risk food, as it was in the 1930s.” The article further states that in actuality, the most frequent culprit of food borne illnesses in the United States are leafy green vegetables.

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Quantitative microbial risk assessments are highly recommended by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. The risk assessments “demonstrated a low risk of illness from unpasteurized milk consumption for each of the pathogens Campylobacter, Shiga-toxin including E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.” The report also added that “this low risk profile applied to healthy adults as well as members of immunologically-susceptible groups: pregnant women, children, and the elderly.”

Ijaz stated that “while it is clear that there remains some appreciable risk of food-borne illness from raw milk consumption, public health bodies should now update their policies and informational materials to reflect the most high-quality evidence, which characterizes this risk as low.” She added that “raw milk producers should continue to use rigorous management practices to minimize any possible remaining risk.”

Ijaz concludes by encouraging continued dialogue between producers, consumers, and public health officials.

With the stigma of being a high-risk food surrounding raw milk decreasing, demand could easily increase sparking great news for raw dairy farmers.

Seliing raw milk and dairy products is illegal in nearly half of the U.S. states.

Photo Credit: macieklew

References: Wall Street Journal


By Ryan Bisram| June 16, 2013
Categories:  Eat
Keywords:  EatFood and Drink

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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