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Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:03 PM

Avoid raw milk due to infection risks: pediatricians [View all]

Source: Yahoo from Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women, babies and kids should not drink raw or unpasteurized milk, a group of pediatricians said on Monday.

Because of infection risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases and Committee on Nutrition also said sales of unpasteurized milk, cheese and related products should be banned in the U.S.

Pasteurizing kills bacteria that can be present in raw milk. It involves heating the milk to at least 161 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 15 seconds and then rapidly cooling it.

"It's kind of like riding in a car with seatbelts," Kathryn Boor said. "If you've got the opportunity for a safety barrier, which would be pasteurization, why wouldn't you use it?"

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Having grown up on a small family dairy farm, drinking raw milk daily as a kid, and now working in the dairy industry, testing both raw milk and pasteurized, cultured dairy products made from that milk, I entirely AGREE with this.

Unless you can guarantee that the milk you're drinking comes from well-cared for cows and is properly handled from teat to table, don't drink it. If someone gave my daughter a cup of unpasteurized milk from a 500-head factory dairy farm, I'd slap that shit out of her hand like it was toxic waste. I've seen with my own eyes the bacterial loads that some milk supplies carry before pasteurization.

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