Risky choice - Raw milk sales up as bird flu spreads

May 15, 2024

By Farms.com

The recent bird flu outbreak in US dairy cows hasn't deterred some consumers from seeking out raw milk, a product health officials advise against due to potential health risks.

Sales data shows a significant increase in raw milk purchases since March, coinciding with the bird flu detection. The CDC warns against consuming raw milk, highlighting the dangers of harmful bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Pasteurization, a standard process, eliminates these bacteria.

Proponents of raw milk often cite perceived health benefits, but research indicates a higher risk of illness compared to pasteurized milk. Food safety experts urge consumers to prioritize safety and choose pasteurized products.

A small but persistent segment of the population consumes raw milk, often due to a distrust of conventional milk production or a belief in raw milk's supposed health advantages.

Public health officials recommend consuming only pasteurized milk products to avoid the dangers associated with raw milk. Educational efforts are needed to address misconceptions and promote the safety of pasteurized milk.

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