Raw milk is milk that comes straight from a cow, sheep, or goat. Raw milk is not pasteurized (heated to kill germs) or homogenized (processed to keep the cream from separating from the milk).
Raw milk is not safe to drink, because it can carry harmful bacteria and other germs. Harmful bacteria include Salmonella, E coli, and Listeria.
Anyone can get sick from drinking raw milk or products made from raw milk. Products may include cream, cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, frozen yogurt, or pudding made with raw milk. Children, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, or older adults are at greater risk of getting sick.
While most healthy people get well, the symptoms can become chronic (long term) or severe or may result in death.
The following are food safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
For more information from the CDC visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/RawMilk....