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 14, 2017

Raw Butter, A Communicable Disease?

By Pete Kennedy, Esq. On June 22 Mark McAfee, the president of Organic Pastures Dairy Company (OPDC), and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund submitted a citizen […]
August 26, 2016

Bogus Accusations that Raw Milk Caused Illness

By Pete Kennedy, Esq. As demand for raw milk has increased, greater numbers of people in recent years have ignored the warnings of the U.S. Centers […]
June 6, 2016

The Many Benefits of Raw Milk

  Benefits of raw milk range from help with allergies to boosting the immune system Most people who frequent this site will know some of the […]
March 17, 2016

Raw Milk Cheese as Safe as Pasteurized

The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) has filed comments urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to place unnecessary burdens on producers of raw […]
January 16, 2015

Raw Milk Might Not Have Been Cause of Durand Football Team Falling Sick

In September 2014, dozens of players of the Durand, WI football team fell sick following a team dinner. Health officials concluded the outbreak was due to […]
December 10, 2014

The Saga of the Cheese Aging Boards

In early June, the FDA issued a letter banning the use of wooden cheese aging boards—something it had been threatening for some time. The letter came […]
April 10, 2014

Response to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, Inc.

April 10, 2014 Response to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, Inc. Prepared by the Weston A. Price Foundation In a letter dated March 24, 2014, […]
June 11, 2013

New Studies Confirm: Raw Milk A Low-Risk Food

June 11, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC–Three quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) recently published in the Journal of Food Protection have demonstrated that unpasteurized milk is a low-risk […]
September 30, 2012

CDC Letter to States

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continued the federal government’s ongoing campaign to prohibit raw milk sales and consumption in a July 18 letter to state […]
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