Safety

Safety-Home-600x626Properly produced and handled raw milk is an extremely low-risk food. These articles cover many aspects of raw milk safety, as well as the relatively higher risk of many other foods, which, unlike raw milk, are not universally condemned by food safety authorities.

See also our Key Documents, which include our rebuttals to the FDA, CDC, and others.

A Campaign for Real Milk PowerPoint Presentation

The Weston A. Price Foundation has put together a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that explains many aspects of the raw milk movement. For best results, RIGHT CLICK on the link and choose "Save as" (or equivalent such as "Save link as" or "Save...

Death by Oysters

By Sally Fallon Morell If there ever were a good example of double standard coming from the food safety folks, it's a November 2011 article on oyster deaths posted at Food Safety News (www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/still-too-many-raw-oyster-deaths/...

Does Raw Milk Kill Pathogens?

A Response to Position Paper by Amanda Rose By Ted Beals, MS, MD Read this article in Dutch Amanda Rose describes herself as a consumer and supporter of raw milk. She represented the “pro-raw milk view” at a symposium entitled “The Raw Milk Conun...

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in Washington State: Lessons Learned

By Sally Fallon Morell In late November of 2005, an outbreak of illness attributed to virulent E. coli O157:H7 afflicted eight Washington State individuals who had consumed raw milk, sparked a flurry of news reports, and vaulted the subject of raw...

Fresh, Unprocessed (Raw) Whole Milk: Safety, Health and Economic Issues

The Safety of Raw Milk PROTECTIVE COMPONENTS: Raw milk contains numerous components that assist in: Killing pathogens in the milk (lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, leukocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, antibodies, medium chain fatty acids, lysozyme,...

Is Mother's Milk Sterile?

Recent Research on Human Milk By Sally Fallon Morell Not since the 1940s have scientists carried out any significant research on raw cows milk, a lamentable situation attributable most probably to the influence of the powerful dairy industry. The...

Is Raw Milk Safe for Babies?

By Sally Fallon Morell The biggest concern parents have about making homemade formula is that it is based on raw milk which, according to medical orthodoxy, is a source of contamination and disease. The only possible way to protect our children, they...

On Milk Production

By Paul Lovgren Shelton, Washington Letter received by the Weston A. Price Foundation When my cousin was selling raw milk, the most animals that he was milking at any one time as I recall was about 24. He was very finicky about cleanliness, both...

Pasteurize or Certify: Two Solutions to "The Milk Problem"

By Ron Schmid, ND By the last decade of the nineteenth century, a growing number of influential people throughout the country believed that American cities had a milk problem. Articles exposing conditions in the so-called swill dairies—urban confinement d...

Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI)

By Mark McAfee, Founder, Organic Pastures Dairy For years, we have all known that raw milk production and consumption has been oppressed and hobbled by regulators and the huge dairy processors that are politically and economically tied to the regulators....

Reported Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness vs. No Foodborne Illness for Raw Milk

The table below was drawn up for a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote on permitting raw milk in the County. It is also available as a PDF . RAW MILK— with WARNING LABEL PASTEURIZED MILK— NO WARNING LABEL OTHER FOO...

Response to the FDA Anti-Raw Milk PowerPoint

By Sally Fallon Morell Posted on the FDA website is a PowerPoint presentation by John F. Sheehan, BSc (Dy), JD, Director of the FDA’s Division of Dairy and Egg Safety, entitled “On the Safety of Raw Milk (with a word about pasteurization).” The 6...

Safety of Raw Milk Summary PowerPoint Presentation

The Weston A. Price Foundation has put together a six-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the data on raw milk safety, especially in comparison to other foods. For best results, RIGHT CLICK on the link and choose "Save as" (or...

Sowing the Seeds of Fear

By Jean Bullitt Darlington Part 1 of Why Milk Pasteurization? Reprint No. 28, Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee; Reprinted by permission from The Rural New Yorker: The Business Farmer's Paper,  Est. 1850 March 15, 1947 Contrary to c...

The Campaign to Pasteurize Breast Milk

By Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN According to the Ross Mothers Survey, which has been tracking breastfeeding data for years, breastfeeding at birth has increased from approximately 25 percent in the early 1970s to 75 percent in 2007. The overall benefit...

The Harvest is a Barren One

By Jean Bullitt Darlington Part 2 of Why Milk Pasteurization? Reprint No. 28-B, Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee; Reprinted by permission from The Rural New Yorker: The Business Farmer's Paper,  Est. 1850 July 5, 1947 In the f...

The Listeria Scare

By Pete Kennedy, Esq. The demand for raw milk has continued to increase rapidly. Coverage in the media (both the The Washington Post and The New York Times ran stories on raw milk in August) and growing dissatisfaction with the industrial food system...

The Raw Milk Movement: Healthy or Hazardous?

More and More People See Advantages in Drinking Untreated, Unprocessed and Unpasteurized Milk By Gigi Stone and Arash Ghadishah REALMILK.COM NOTE: We have included this story written by ABC News as the basis for their broadcast on "Nightline" and...

The Risk of Bovine TB from Raw Milk Consumption with a Focus on Michigan

By Ted Beals, MD This review is written in response to an announcement I first heard on January 7, 2005. The radio report declared that there had been a confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis in a human male hunter who had become infected from a deer...

The Safety of Raw Milk

By Mark McAfee The Colorado Department of Public Health Denver, Colorado May 19, 2004 Dear Sirs, I have been requested to share with you our commercial organic raw milk production and sales experience. For the last four years, Organic Pastures...

There Are Two Raw Milks

By Jim Roberts Consumers are willing to pay for the other one. Departments of Health want to ban both. For benefits of raw milk see www.realmilk.com . For a response to the FDA/CDC Reminder on the Dangers of Drinking Raw Milk, see our press...

Those Pathogens, What You Should Know

By Ted Beals, MD Remarks delivered at the Third International Raw Milk Symposium, May 7, 2011, Bloomington, Minnesota. See also Dr. Beals' PowerPoint Presentation from this event (PDF). I wish to begin by saying that the real discussion of food,...

Which Do You Choose? Raw Certified Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk

The following chart was drawn up for a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote on permitting raw milk in the County: Which Do You Choose (PDF)

Why You Can Rely on Raw Cheeses

By Arthur Cunyngham and John Dennis Read this page in French The August issue of Dairy Industry News carried an article by Nicol and Robinson entitled "The Taste Test." They acknowledged that increasing numbers of consumers are discovering that...
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