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Response to morningfog (Reply #41)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 11:26 PM

82. If you read the CDC report, you can figure out what your risk is

The report is here:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/3/pdfs/11-1370.pdf

What the report doesn't say is that much of the risk from "raw milk" actually comes from queso fresco which is being made illegally (and usually from raw goats milk) from within immigrant communities. So first of all, if you're not eating cheese made from raw milk, your 'risk' drops significantly.

If you dig into the report, you'll see that from drinking raw milk, 930 people became sick and 71 were hospitalized. This is over a 13 year period. So on average, per year, 71 people get sick and 5.5 are hospitalized. About 9 million people per year consume raw milk. This means you have about a 2 million to 1 chance of becoming seriously ill from raw milk in any given year. You are 451 times more likely to be injured mowing your lawn. You are 83 times more likely to be injured by fireworks. You are 733 times more likely to die from slipping in the shower or bathtub.

Keep in mind by the time that the government is paying millions for all the studies they commissioned, the people they are paying doing the investigations and enforcement all in an effort to keep you safe from raw milk. That certainly makes me feel safe when I go to bed at night knowing the government is doing such a great job looking after me.

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