September 28, 2016

Raw Milk: A Risky Food

It never ceases to amaze me why people drink raw milk. Raw milk, as all should know, is unpasteurized. Pasteurization is the process by which milk, juices and other products are heated in order to kill off dangerous pathogens. Without pasteurization, bacteria that harm or even kill people remain in the milk. Pasteurization, a simple procedure that’s been used for about 150 years, is absolutely effective. Pasteurization does not affect the taste of milk. It does not reduce or degrade milk’s beneficial and nutritional qualities. Any claims that it does have been debunked by scientists and physicians. The only people who claim raw milk is good for you are people who ignore science. The only people who claim pasteurization makes milk less nutritious ignore science. This is … [Read more...]

Texas Brucellosis Outbreak Linked to Raw Cheese from Mexico

A brucellosis outbreak in Texas has been linked to unpasteurized cheese from Mexico, according to a health advisory issued by the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. A record number of 13 people have been diagnosed in 2016 so far. Dallas usually has only 2 to 6 cases of brucellosis every year. There were 11 Brucella infections total in 2014. The cheeses were brought into the U.S. from Mexico by friends or relatives, consumed while traveling in Mexico, or bought from local street vendors. The patient age range is from 6 to 80 years. Most required hospitalization to start treatment. And two incidents of "high-risk occupational exposures of hospital laboratory personnel have occurred during handling of these clinical Brucella isolates." Brucella bacteria typically … [Read more...]

Brucellosis Scare at Raw Milk Dairy Proves False in Massachusetts Review

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has lifted a cease and desist order against the sale of raw milk and raw milk products from Twin Rivers Farm in Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, after a Brucellosis scare turned out to be a false alarm. The owner of the small dairy farm was diagnosed with the disease, which is caused by consumption of the pathogen Brucella. But further testing by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) determined the man's illness was not Brucellosis. In the meantime, state and federal ag officials tested all 270 cows in the farm's dairy herd and found no trace of the organism, which used to be a huge public health threat until vaccinations in herds helped reduce it to a rare problem. On Jan. 20, the MDAR and the DPH issued a … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Raw Milk Could be Contaminated with Brucella

The Massachusetts Department of Health issued an alert for raw milk, after a man who consumed raw milk from a dairy in December 2011 has been diagnosed with brucellosis. Brucellosis, which is caused by ingesting the Brucella bacteria, is rare in the United States and hasn't been identified in Massachusetts for decades. It is also called Gibraltar fever, Mediterranean fever, or undulant fever. It is considered a zoonosis, a disease transmitted from animals to humans. Brucellosis is most frequently transmitted by drinking raw milk and eating cheese made with unpasteurized dairy products. Brucella bacteria causes flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, swollen lymph glands, sweating, and back pains. A diagnosis of brucellosis requires antibiotics. The bacteria can cause chronic … [Read more...]

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