A new website has launched in an effort to bring unbiased information into the often heated discussions about raw (unpasteurized) milk. RealRawMilkFacts.com was developed and reviewed by scientists and health educators in universities, government, industry, and professional organizations. Additionally, the site serves as a clearinghouse for evidence-based studies, presentations, commentaries, regulations, and position statements on raw milk. Comments and materials were also solicited from raw milk consumers.
Unpasteurized milk—often referred to as raw milk—is at the center of nationwide controversy which has been brought into sharp focus in the Pittsburgh area after a local man was infected with Campylobacter from raw milk, and then developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which has left him paralyzed.
“It’s difficult to see yet another outbreak of bacterial infections from raw milk affect consumers who were only seeking better health,” said food safety attorney Bill Marler, one of the developers of the site. “It’s critical that people who choose to try raw milk make informed decisions about their health—and that of their children. That’s why we developed this site.”
The controversial product can contain bacteria, like E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can severely sicken those who consume it—bacteria removed by the pasteurization process. Advocates believe the pasteurization process also removes healthy aspects of the milk, and want the right to produce, sell, and consume it without regulation.
Ten Pennsylvanians were sickened with Campylobacter after drinking raw milk from the Pasture Maid Creamery in Lawrence County. The dairy has since had its permit suspended, and consumers have been advised to discard any product they might have and contact the health department if they become ill.