Health Dept vet claims raw milk causes miscarriage and death?
Debate is heating up after the Indiana Senate called for a plan to legalize and regulate the sale of raw milk. One establishment Health Department official claims pathogens found in raw milk can lead to bloody stool, miscarriage, and even death.
Indianapolis local news WANE.com reports,
Indiana is one of only 20 states that has outlawed the sale of unpasteurized milk. Thirty other states have myriad of laws governing the approval and sale of raw milk. The issue has public health officials squirming.
There are multiple pathogens that could easily end up in milk. Some of the most common are Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. coli. When a human ingests one of those bacteria, it causes gastroenteritis which can lead to bloody diarrhea, extreme abdominal cramping, miscarriage in pregnant women and even death. Those pathogens are killed in the pasteurization process.
Also speaking in opposition to legalization of raw milk is the National Milk Producers Federation—a lobbying group representing establishment milk producers for whom sales of raw milk would present a possible loss in market share and revenue.
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