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Our webmaster Jill Nienhiser recently queried Organic Valley, a major producer of organic dairy products, about their practice of ultrapasteurizing most of their milk. In their response, Organic Valley made the following claim: “Not all thermoduric bacteria are killed by conventional pasteurization. By ultrapasteurizing fresh milk, you are returning the milk to its original near sterile state—removing what the environment has added.”
This is a most interesting admission—that conventional pasteurization does not ensure that milk will be free of pathogens—and the claim that milk in its original state is “near sterile” is ludicrous. It comes already innoculated with beneficial bacteria and supports their proliferation. Only harmful bacteria can grow in ultrapasteurized milk. If you object to the ultrapasteurization of organic milk, contact the company at 888-444-6455.