Raw Milk

Milk in a glass sitting on a stump

Many Americans are choosing to eat foods that are less processed.

Unfortunately, some people are choosing to drink raw milk. Raw milk—and products made from it—can make you and your loved ones sick. Raw milk has not undergone a process called pasteurization that kills disease-causing germs.

Pasteurized milk is a safe and healthy food. When milk pasteurization began in the early 1900s, deaths and diarrheal illnesses in young children declined dramatically.