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Several families offered to share their stories on video to help raise awareness about the potential risks and negative effects on health from drinking contaminated raw milk. More about their experiences can be found on the Real Life Stories page.
Kylee Young had a stroke and required a kidney transplant after suffering an E. coli infection in 2012.
Nicole Riggs developed an E. coli O157:H7 infection after drinking raw milk in May 2008.
Larry Pedersen had just turned one year old when he suffered an E. coli O157:H7 infection in 2008.
Chris Martin, developed an E. coli O157:H7 infection in September 2006 after drinking raw milk.
Mari Tardiff became ill with a Campylobacter infection after drinking raw milk in 2008.
Kalee Prue, a 27-year-old mother of one, became infected with E. coli O157:NM in June 2008.
There are still multiple endings that could be put on the raw-milk story told during the 2014 state legislative season.
One popular theory is that the foodies and libertarians have joined hands in a great coalition to pass bills to legalize unpasteurized milk across the land. These theorists point to 40 bills introduced in 23 statehouses during the current legislative season. Another possibility is that not all that much has changed in 2014 except for the fact that raw milk advocates are now more visibly split in their ranks on the direction their movement should take.
A left-right libertarian coalition led by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is sponsoring two bills in Congress to permit the interstate sales of raw milk. Massie says the bills are but the first in a series of “food freedom” measures he plans to introduce. One would overturn the interstate ban on raw milk, while the other would permit interstate shipment of raw milk only if two states already permitted intrastate sale.
Click on a state in the map below to preview the state's Raw Milk Facts.
A group of scientists gathered together and compiled the best available information about raw milk to provide consumers with a better understanding of key health and safety issues associated with the consumption of unpasteurized dairy products.
Real Raw Milk Facts provides information about key topics such as how the food safety track record of raw milk compares with that of pasteurized milk and whether raw milk from grass-fed cows and goats on pasture is safer than milk from animals raised on grain. It also answers questions like, “Is raw milk a probiotic food?” and “Are raw milk cheeses safe?”
The answers to these and more questions can be found in the Hot Topics section of this site.
Michael Pollan, Author
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Seattle Times, March 2010