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Several families offered to share their stories on video to help raise awareness about the potential risks and negative effects on health from drinking contaminated raw milk. More about their experiences can be found on the Real Life Stories page.
Kylee Young had a stroke and required a kidney transplant after suffering an E. coli infection in 2012.
Nicole Riggs developed an E. coli O157:H7 infection after drinking raw milk in May 2008.
Larry Pedersen had just turned one year old when he suffered an E. coli O157:H7 infection in 2008.
Chris Martin, developed an E. coli O157:H7 infection in September 2006 after drinking raw milk.
Mari Tardiff became ill with a Campylobacter infection after drinking raw milk in 2008.
Kalee Prue, a 27-year-old mother of one, became infected with E. coli O157:NM in June 2008.
(Salt Lake City) – Utah public health officials are investigating a cluster of illness associated with the consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk. To date, 45 cases of Campylobacter infection have been reported in people who indicated that they consumed raw milk in the week before illness began. Cases have been reported from: Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties. Two cases occurred in out of state residents from California and Idaho. Onset dates range from May 9, 2014 to July 21, 2014. The cases range in age from two to 74 years.
All 45 cases are linked to the consumption of raw milk or cream purchased at Ropelato Dairy in Weber County. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food inspectors suspended the dairy’s license to sell raw milk on August 4, 2014, after several tests of raw milk samples taken at the farm were positive for Campylobacter.
SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products Coop issues voluntary recall of Raw Goat Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114 because of possible health risk
07/30/2014 04:29 PM EDT
SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products Coop of Mt Sterling, Wisc is recalling Raw Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114 because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O111:H8 bacteria. This is one of the 6 STEC strains that have been deemed to be of serious health concern as it can cause diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools, and may lead to more severe complications like Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals and can lead to severe kidney damage and even death.
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A group of scientists gathered together and compiled the best available information about raw milk to provide consumers with a better understanding of key health and safety issues associated with the consumption of unpasteurized dairy products.
Real Raw Milk Facts provides information about key topics such as how the food safety track record of raw milk compares with that of pasteurized milk and whether raw milk from grass-fed cows and goats on pasture is safer than milk from animals raised on grain. It also answers questions like, “Is raw milk a probiotic food?” and “Are raw milk cheeses safe?”
The answers to these and more questions can be found in the Hot Topics section of this site.
Michael Pollan, Author
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Seattle Times, March 2010