New research from Ynte Schukken, DVM, MS, PhD, Cornell University, is underscoring what many in the scientific community have been saying for a number of years – raw milk can be dangerous, and to certain individuals especially.
In an article in the August Journal of Food Protection, Schukken and his colleagues have identified that pregnant women, young babies and the elderly are the three groups that are at the highest risk for contracting Listeria monocytogenes from drinking raw milk, and that farm workers are also at risk as well.
The article’s abstract says a greater risk of listeriosis was associated with consumption of raw milk obtained from retail and farm stores as compared with milk obtained from bulk tanks. This was likely due to additional time-temperature combination steps in the retail and farm store models, which increased the chances for growth of L. monocytogenes in raw milk.
In an article from Cornell University Schukken said: “Listeria is one of the most virulent and deadly foodborne pathogens.”
Bovine Veterinarian has published and linked to numerous articles and pieces of information on the potential foodborne risks of raw milk. You can find out more about raw milk from these sources:
- Real Raw Milk Facts
- FDA: Food Safety and Raw Milk
- Raw Milk: Playing with Fire (Bovine Veterinarian)
- Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness related to Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products (Kansas State University)