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Re: “Exploring Raw Milk

I enjoyed your article on the dairy on Wadmalaw Island! It was well written and showed the care and perseverence with which the Albers have managed their farm. I must admit that I do not drink raw milk, but have tasted it, and did enjoy the flavor. I support the sale of raw milk, and while I haven't seen the "benefits" of drinking it, I don't doubt that there may be some. However, I think people who drink raw milk should be made aware that it can contain human pathogens - the most common being E. coli, Campylobacter, Listeria, and Salmonella. While these may never cause illness, people with supressed immune systems, pregnant women, young children and the elderly can be at greater risk of getting ill. Several states that do not allow the sale of raw milk do so because they have had large outbreaks that made many people sick. Public Health often finds itself in a Catch 22 in these situations - if they don't "regulate" then everyone wants to know why they weren't doing anything to prevent an outbreak. I hope that readers don't come away with the idea that raw milk is perfectly safe, and its only those "heavily lobbied government agencies" that want to lead us astray. I think basic science has proven otherwise - pastuerization was introduced to protect us from these, and several other nasty microorganisms. While this dairy may be clean and sell excellent, pathogen-free products, not all dairies live up to these standards. So, while working with DHEC to obtain licensure may be frustrating, those who drink raw milk should appreciate that someone is paying attention to the quality of the products.

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Posted by Micro1 on June 27, 2007 at 5:30 PM
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