Death from drinking unpasteurised milk

OskarDoLittle

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Raw milk is not contaminated with bacteria...just like human breast milk isn't. It's bacteria that enter from the teat that cause the problem. So a human baby feeding from breast does not require milk pasteurisation as it will likely have it's mother's skin flora anyway.
I however would not like to take the risk that Joe Bloggs dairy farmer up the road with his grotty sanitation (or no sanitation) would be allowed to contaminate the WHOLE milk truck full of milk, and then drink that unpasteurised. Can you imagine the amount of bacterial replication that would occur enroute to the factory and through the bottling process?
If you would like to drink the milk produced by your own cow, with sanitation standards you enforced personally, go right on ahead. (and I probably would be happy to do that, as I would be the person taking the risk). Could I live with myself if I caused a pregnant mum to get Listeriosis...well no, I couldn't.
 

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Yes you are right there Oakar, it depends on the sanitation of the farmer or cow hand.
Funny how standards have slipped over the last many years with the advent of chemical sanitation which was touted as the be all & end all of the demise of bacterial infections.

Here we are having to kill our food either chemically or by irradiation in the 21st century to ensure we don't die form eating it when 100's years ago they didn't do any thing to food other than harvest it & eat it!
 

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Timely to note the tragic deaths of 3 people now from Listeria due to contaminated rockmelon (canteloupe if you're down south). Like whooping cough (pertussis) these things are unfortunately more common than people assume. Although it's easy to point to finger at governments and mourn that we live in a "Nanny State" - there's no denying the average life expectancy has increased dramatically as a result of these kind or rules and regulations. Hundreds of years ago, people DID die from the food they harvested - it was just considered part of life, and unavoidable.
 

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Boy dies from drinking unpasteurised milk here in Australia.

There are many who argue the health benefits of drinking raw or "bath" milk.

I used to drink raw milk from my uncles dairy farm straight from the collection vat (all my family did) and I have been guilty of drinking raw milk recently when a friend gave us a bottle but I suppose it is a little foolish... and I won't be doing it again.

I guess the raw food obsession goes a little too far when it comes to milk or products made from unpasteurised milk hey. :)
I have dairy goats and drink raw milk all the time. However, I send samples in each month from each doe and have it tested even though I am just a hobby farmer. When producing food others are going to drink one has to be so ridged about sanitation and chilling the milk to the required temperature or below in less twenty minutes. If they just milk, strain (and some don’t) then just put it in the fridge....never drink it or use it. Visit the dairy and if they won’t let you see how it is processed, well, you get it.
 
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