5 Raw Milk Myths Busted!
|MYTH: Raw milk is healthier and more nutritious than pasteurized milk.||FACT: Most of the nutritional benefits of drinking raw milk are available from pasteurized milk without the risk of disease that comes with drinking raw milk.|
|MYTH: Drinking raw milk may not be safe, but no harm will come from eating products (soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt) made from raw milk.||FACT: Raw milk made into other products, like soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt, can still cause dangerous infections. When consuming these products, make sure they are made from pasteurized milk.|
|MYTH: Milk is safe as long as it is labeled “organic.”||FACT: Only organic milk that has been pasteurized is safe to drink.|
|MYTH: Raw milk and products made from it – soft cheese and yogurt – are safe if they come from healthy animals.||FACT: Healthy animals can carry illness-causing germs, such as Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, that can contaminate milk.|
|MYTH: If animals are raised in sanitary conditions on humane farms, their milk is safe.||FACT: Even dairy farms with very good safety practices can contain illness-causing germs. And even if tests on a batch of a farm’s raw milk come back negative, it is no guarantee that the next batch of milk will be free of harmful germs.|
Page last reviewed: June 14, 2017