One Oregon dairy producer wrote in to the Capital Press in defense of raw milk, pointing out that it is not considered one of the country’s top 10 most dangerous foods.
Jude Sandberg explains what prompted his letter: “[I object to] your statement that ‘We think unpasteurized milk and products made from it are inherently dangerous.’ More precisely, I would like to point out that there are lots of raw foods we eat regularly that have some level of danger, but people insist on singling out this particular raw food as a major threat.”
Sandberg compares the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton’s lists of the ten most dangerous foods to eat: leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts and berries.
“It is a lot easier to make sure milk is kept clean than berries or greens, and it bothers me when people are cavalier in the diligence necessary to providing clean milk, because it gives all producers a bad name,” he writes.
“This is a legal product to offer and it is raw…People will make their choices and I don’t boil my lettuce either, nor my strawberries. I just don’t like being singled out. If you want to say in your opinion piece that, ‘We don’t think people should eat raw food,’ fine. Just please don’t say mine is worse than the top 10 dangerous foods.”
Read Jude Sandberg’s letter in full here.
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