The Dangers of Drinking Raw Milk are Real
The risks of consuming raw milk or other dairy products made from raw milk are high. Yet, some consumers feel getting "back to nature" by consuming these products are making them healthier. However, severe health risks can occur and sometimes lead to death.
From 2007 to 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 81 percent of outbreaks from raw milk sales occurred in states where it is legal to sell raw milk. Of these, 59 percent involved at least one person below five years of age. For every outbreak and illness reported, many others occur that are never reported.
Most outbreaks were caused by Campylobacter, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or Salmonella bacteria.