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CDC Reports Large Number of Outbreaks From Raw Dairy, 2009-2010

Jan 26, 2013 by Real Raw Milk Facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published their two-year summary of reports from “Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks — United States, 2009–2010.” Of note, for the first time in 11 years, dairy products (along with beef, fish, and poultry) were identified as food vehicles most commonly associated with outbreaks. The majority of reported dairy-related outbreaks during the 2009-2010 surveillance period were due to consumption of contaminated raw milk or products made from raw milk, including legal 60-day aged raw milk cheese.

At Real Raw Milk Facts, we track all dairy-related outbreaks in the US. From 2009-2010, we found 4 outbreaks from milk products sold as pasteurized (15 illnesses) and 29 (487 illnesses) from milk products sold as raw (unpasteurized). For the complete summary since 1998 and citations, see these links.

Outbreaks from Foodborne Pathogens in Pasteurized Milk and Pasteurized Milk Cheeses, United States
1998-present:pasteurized-dairy-outbreak-table.pdf

Outbreaks from Foodborne Pathogens in Unpasteurized (Raw) Milk and Raw Milk Cheeses, United States Raw-Dairy-Outbreak-Table.pdf

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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.