Raw Milk Safety

Real Milk -- milk that is pasture-raised, full fat and unprocessed—is an inherently safe food. That’s because raw milk contains numerous bioactive components that

  • Kill pathogens in the milk (lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, leukocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, antibodies, medium chain fatty acids, lysozyme, B12 binding protein, bifidus factor, beneficial bacteria);
  • Prevent pathogen absorption across the intestinal wall (polysaccharides, oligosaccharides, mucins, fibronectin, glycomacropeptides, bifidus factor, beneficial bacteria);
  • And strengthen the immune system (lymphocytes, immunoglobulins, antibodies, hormones and growth factors).

No other food that we consume contains a built-in safety system like the one in raw milk.

Part of that safety system is in the fat in the form of medium chain fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins A and D. In children and the elderly, drinking skim milk results in increased intestinal distress.

Of course, this protective system can be overwhelmed, as in confinement dairies where cows live in incredible filth, often forced to stand in manure. We recommend raw milk only from cows allowed to graze on pasture.

Of interest is the fact that there are no reports of death from fluid raw milk in the medical literature, going back over fifty years; but there have been dozens of deaths from pasteurized milk reported in the literature during the same timeframe. This is all the more remarkable considering that most of the raw milk that people drink is not regulated.

April 15, 2021

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 […]
March 16, 2021

Raw Milk Safety: A Summary

By Sally Fallon Morell Ever since the proponents for pasteurization began their campaign against raw milk—and this dates back to the 1940s—their main argument has been […]
February 12, 2021

The Johns Hopkins Raw Milk Study

Prepared by the Weston A. Price Foundation Two years ago, after testimony regarding a bill to legalize the sale of raw milk in Maryland, the House […]
August 2, 2020

Chronic Disease, Salmonella, Immunosuppressive Drugs, and Raw Milk, Bulgarian Translation

ХРОНИЧНИ ЗАБОЛЯВАНИЯ, САЛМОНЕЛА, ИМУНОСУПРЕСИВНИ ЛЕКАРСТВА И СУРОВО МЛЯКО This is the translation. The source page is located here: https://www.realmilk.com/health/chronic-disease-and-raw-milk/ Публикувано на 2 март 2003 г. Последна […]
March 21, 2020

National Raw Milk Safety: No Outbreaks for First 2/3 of 2019

by Pete Kennedy, Esq. In recent years there has been a trend of fewer foodborne illness outbreaks attributed to raw milk consumption even as the demand […]
January 3, 2020

Questions to Ask Your Raw Milk Farmer

by Jill Nienhiser and Sally Fallon Morell 1. Are your cows on pasture? (You’re looking for a yes here, preferably rotated every day through native perennial […]
February 28, 2019

Cutting Through the Propaganda on Raw Milk and Brucellosis

Fear-mongering over 3 illnesses in 20 years (no outbreaks nor deaths)
June 19, 2018

Popular Tennessee Herd Share Dairy Shuts Down

On June 14 the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) lifted a directive it had given Knoxville dairy French Broad Farm nine days earlier to stop distributing […]
December 20, 2017

FDA Antibiotic Test Requirement Threatens to Cut Raw Milk Supply in Pennsylvania

Controversial antibiotic test requirements imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be going into effect next month in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania […]
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