Real Raw Milk Facts

Updated Raw Milk Outbreak Tables

Real Raw Milk Facts dairy-related outbreak and illness charts and tables were updated using CDC's online foodborne disease outbreak database (1998-2010), and preliminary data gathered from government and dairy industry press releases, reports, and newsletters to document recent outbreaks (2011-present). Through May 2013, preliminary reports show a total of 4 outbreaks and 69 illnesses and at least 15 hosptializations from raw milk and cheese products due to Campylobacter and Salmonella infections. Thus far, no outbreaks from milk or cheese sold as pasteurized were identified in 2013.

Outbreaks from Foodborne Pathogens in Unpasteurized (Raw) Milk and Raw Milk Cheeses, United States, 1998-present

• 133 total outbreaks

o 99 fluid milk: 24 cow, 4 goat, 71 unspecified milk type

o 28 cheese: 2 aged, 3 homemade, 18 Mexican-style queso fresco, 1 goat chevre, 1 curds, 3 unspecified

o 6 multiple raw dairy products (fluid milk, cheese, and/or colostrum)

• 2,451 total illnesses, 2 deaths

o 1,786 fluid milk-related illnesses, no deaths: 460 cow, 63 goat, 1,263 unspecified

o 608 cheese-related illnesses: 46 aged, 80 homemade, 349 Mexican-style queso fresco (2 deaths), 5 goat chevre, 63 curds, 58 unspecified cheese type

o 57 multiple raw dairy products-related illnesses (fluid milk, cheese, and/or colostrum)

Download Table (pdf file): Raw-Dairy-Outbreak-Table.pdf

Outbreaks from Foodborne Pathogens in Milk and Cheeses Sold as Pasteurized, United States, 1998-present

• 29 total outbreaks

o 9 fluid milk

o 19 cheese: 16 non-Mexican style; 3 Mexican style queso fresco

o 1 powdered milk

• 2,824 total illnesses, 8 deaths

o 2,200 fluid milk-related illnesses (3 deaths)

o 588 cheese-related illnesses: 565 non-Mexican style (4 deaths), 23 Mexican style queso fresco (1 death)

o 36 powdered milk-related illnesses

Download Table (pdf file): pasteurized-dairy-outbreak-table.pdf

Also see:

Foodborne disease outbreaks and recalls linked to raw milk from grassfed and pastured cows - Grassfed-Outbreaks.pdf

Herdshares linked to foodborne disease outbreaks and illnesses from raw milk -


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