People are drinking raw milk and it’s probably not a great idea. Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep or goats that hasn’t been pasteurized. Pasteurization is done to kill harmful bacteria because raw milk can carry dangerous germs, like salmonella, E.coli and listia. Some people believe that raw milk can provide beneficial bacteria that are good for you, but there’s no scientific proof.
Research shows there isn’t a significant difference in nutritional value of pasteurized and raw milk. The CDC did an analysis of a recent outbreak in Colorado. They found there were 12 confirmed cases and another five suspected cases of infections from raw milk. This outbreak strain can resist three antibiotics, which means it can cause a more severe disease and take longer to clear up.
The CDC also calculated the relative risk of outbreaks or raw milk vs pasteurized milk. They estimated that Americans drank about 2.7 trillion pounds or milk between 1993 and 2016 and about 1% of 27 billion pounds of that, were consumed raw. They found that 73 outbreaks were linked to raw milk, while only 48 outbreaks were linked to pasteurized milk.
The FDA banned the sale of raw milk across state lines, but each state can decide about raw milk on their own.