The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expressed concerns about the hazards of drinking raw milk for decades. Raw milk is unpasteurized milk from hoofed mammals, such as cows, sheep, or goats. While research shows no meaningful difference between the nutrient content of raw milk and pasteurized milk, raw milk may contain a wide variety of pathogens—including Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, Campylobacter and Brucella that may cause illness and possibly death. The harmful bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, infants, young children and people with weakened immune systems.If you experience one or more of these symptoms after consuming raw milk or food products made from raw milk, the FDA asks that you contact your doctor immediately.
—Ginger SkinnerFor more on raw milk, read our recent blog post and check out the FDA's Q&A on raw milk . And we'd like to hear from you: Do you drink raw milk? If so, will you continue to drink it, even after the FDA's warning?