Purdue Publishes Raw Milk FAQs Ahead Of State Recommendation

A FAQs sheet from Purdue University shows most states allow the sale of raw milk, but Indiana is not one of them.

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Raw milk is contained in a jar in Maine, where the sale of raw milk is legal.

As the Indiana Board of Animal Health prepares data for state lawmakers on whether to sanction the sale of raw milk, a new fact sheet assembled by Purdue University experts shows Indiana is in the minority of states which do not allow the practice, despite a number of risks.

Purdue University animal science professor Michael Schutz, who is one of the authors, says it is important the general public know what experts say about the healthfulness of raw milk.

“According to the CDC, the estimates are that the risk is about 50 times higher in unpasteurized milk versus pasteurized milk,  so of course that level increases in states that have permitted the sale of raw milk,” Schutz says.

Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer says her group’s study should be published on its website later this week.

“This report is going to go to the governor and legislative council. Then they will have to make determination on this year’s legislative session that will began in January,” Derrer says.

Indiana is one of 20 states that does not allow the sale of raw milk for human consumption. Thirty states make raw milk sales legal, but rules vary widely.

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    Although the risk of microbe diseases from raw milk is said to be 50 times higher than the risk for microbe diseases from pasteurized milk, the risk of nutrient deficiency caused diseases from pasteurized milk is 100% and the risk of nutrient deficiency caused diseases from raw milk is exactly zero. And this does not address the issue of allergic reactions, which pasteurized milk causes and raw milk heals.

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