Myths and facts about raw milk

Raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks.

Pasteurization is a process that kills harmful bacteria by heating milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time. Some people continue to believe that pasteurization harms milk and that raw milk is a safe, healthier alternative.  However, according to the United Sates Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, this belief could not be further from the truth. Raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms, such as salmonella, e. coli and listeria, that can pose serious health risks. Older adults, young children, immune-compromised adults and pregnant women are at highest risk of contracting these illnesses.

Here are some common myths and the proven facts about milk and pasteurization taken from FoodSafety.gov:

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