Raw Milk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics warn that drinking milk which has not been pasteurized (raw milk) may be harmful to your health.

What is Raw Milk?

Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria.

What are the Health Risks from Consuming Raw Milk?

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Who Should Avoid Raw Milk?

In addition to risks to the general public, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the following groups should always avoid raw milk and raw milk products:

What is Pasteurization?

The World Health Organization and other international public health organizations recommend mandatory milk pasteurization as a disease prevention practice around the world.

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Common Raw Milk Myths

How Can I Prevent Illness from Consuming Dairy Products?

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Additional Resources

To find out more about the risks of drinking raw milk and raw milk products see:

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