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Outbreaks of Illness Tied To Raw Milk Raise Concerns

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In February 2024, the Center for Disease Control, or CDC issued a food safety alert due to an E.coli outbreak in multiple states.

At the same time, the FDA was urging consumers to avoid raw milk blocks and shredded cheddar cheese from the Raw Farm brand. Ten people in five states, including Colorado, California, Texas, New Jersey, and Utah, have been infected with E. coli O157:H7.

Although the E.coli outbreak hasn't caused any deaths, five people have been treated in the hospital. Two of those hospitalized developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

According to the New York State Department of Health, the condition affects the blood clotting and kidney function of people infected with the E.coli strain. The treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome usually involves being hospitalized.

In some cases, treatment may include blood transfusions, special diets, and kidney dialysis.

What Illnesses Can Result From Unpasteurized Milk?

Pasteurization is a process that kills harmful forms of bacteria when milk is brought to a specific temperature. High-Temperature Short-Time or HTST Pasteurization is the most common process of milk pasteurization.

The FDA states that raw milk from cows, sheep, and goats that hasn't been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria may cause serious health conditions, including Campylobacter, Listeria, and Salmonella.

People with compromised immune systems, especially people with diabetes or cancer, older adults, pregnant women, and children, may all be susceptible to infections from raw milk.

The CDC finds that raw milk products make children and teens more likely to get sick.


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