According to recent analysis, the actual number of illnesses occurring from raw milk consumption is likely significantly higher than reported.
According to an analysis recently published by the Minnesota Department of Health, , the actual number of illnesses occurring from raw milk consumption is likely significantly higher than reported.
Based on the instances that were documented from 2001 to 2010, one out of every six people in the state that drank it ended up sick.
Most of those affected were children, and 13 percent of all those who fell ill after consuming unpasteurized milk had to be hospitalized.
Foodborne illnesses linked to the milk include various toxic bacterial strains such as E. coli and salmonella.
Fans of the drink cite its creamier texture and ability to help combat asthma and allergy symptoms. They say that the benefits far outweigh the risks.
An organization has been formed to push for the legalized sale of the product in all 50 states.
One advocate said she believes that will help curb the sickness outbreaks by establishing higher standards for safety.
Among the people who got sick in Minnesota, around half of them said they’d gotten the raw milk from either their own or a friend’s farm.
Those considering taking the unpasteurized route are encouraged to do thorough research beforehand.