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September 17, 2009

Wisconsin Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture press release:

Pronunciation note: CAM puh lo bak ter juh JOO nee

MADISON -- DNA test results and other evidence have now established that an outbreak of illness involving at least 35 people, the majority children and teens, was linked to drinking unpasteurized milk. Wisconsin food safety officials are cautioning consumers not to drink raw milk and farmers not to sell it to the public.

"Laws requiring pasteurization of milk have been on the books for more than half a century, and there are good public health reasons for that," said Steve Ingham, head of the Food Safety Division in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

"We have very compelling evidence linking these illnesses to drinking raw milk. This is the third major outbreak in Wisconsin since 2001 that has been tied to raw milk consumption. That's not to mention a number of smaller ones in which the link was strongly suspected, but patients were unwilling to identify farms that provided the milk. So far we've been fortunate that the infections have not been life-threatening, but raw milk is an inherently risky food and it can lead to other, more dangerous illnesses, including E. coli 0157:H7 infection."

Click here  to read the full press release

  • Read more on this outbreak on Food Poisoning Law Blog (published by PritzkerOlsen law firm)
  • Read more on the raw milk debate on MarlerBlog (published by Bill Marler of Marler Clark law firm)
  • Read more on the raw milk debate on RealMilk.com (published by the Weston A. Price Foundation)

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    My family and I have been drinking organic 100% grassfed raw milk for 9 months and it is perfectly safe. I am more at risk of getting e-coli or food poisoning at from the supermarket or local restaurants

    Posted by: Brett | Nov 8, 2009 5:56:10 PM

    I was raised on a raw milk,my children were raised on raw milk,I still drinking raw milk,making my own cottage cheese,cultured kefir from raw milk and never got sick with any bacterial diseases.Our society was exposed to pasterized milk for a while and now I hear frequetly many people complains they have milk intolerance. Pasterized milk is dead milk,it does not contain those healthy bacterias needed to promote healty bowel function.I am adult and I want to make decision what to eat and how to keep myself and my family healthy.

    Posted by: Val | Feb 17, 2010 9:55:27 AM

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