April 22, 2018

CDC: Raw Milk Remains an Ongoing Public Health Hazard

Raw milk remains an ongoing public health hazard, says Robert Tauxe, M.D., deputy director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.  On May 9, Tauxe sent a letter to state epidemiologists and state public health veterinarians saying because of the risks of raw milk, public health officials should consider restricting or prohibiting the sale of raw milk. Almost two years ago, Tauxe sent a nearly identical letter to state public health professionals.

Raw milkBoth letters outline the risks associated with raw milk. For example, infections from E.coli can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which causes kidney failure. Campylobacter infections can trigger Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which causes paralysis. Between 2007 and 2012 most of raw milk outbreaks ere caused by E.coli or Campylobacter.  And almost 60 percent of them involved at least one child who was 5 years old or younger.

Although most raw milk outbreaks go unreported, according to Tauxe, between 2007 and 2012, there were 81 raw milk outbreaks that sickened 979 people, hospitalizing 73 of them. Most of the outbreaks, 81 percent, occurred in states where raw milk sales are legal. To view more CDC information about raw milk visit http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-index.html

 

Comments

  1. Beth Briczinski says:

    Is there a copy of the 2014 letter available online? The hyperlink in the article doesn’t seem to be working.

    Thank you.

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