Raw Milk

milkThe Texas Association of Dairymen agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that consuming raw milk is a serious health risk.

Pasteurization, the process of heating milk to at least 161 degrees for at least 15 seconds and then cooling it rapidly to kill any disease-causing bacteria, is necessary for dairy food safety. Pasteurization is the only way to ensure milk products do not contain harmful bacteria.

Raw milk can be harmful, according to the latest CDC study:

No scientific evidence finds that drinking raw milk prevents or cures disease or illness:

Learn more in the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about raw milk.

Recent News:

State finds Listeria in raw milk — warns consumers, shuts down dairy operations
Food Safety News, Jan. 22, 2020

Texas dairies ask the Legislature to help keep milk safe
Texas Tribune, June 5, 2018

Texas raw milk Brucella contamination hits 7 states
Food Safety News, Sept. 15, 2017

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