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Medical News & Perspectives
September 26, 2007

Studies Probe Microbes in Raw Milk, Swine

JAMA. 2007;298(12):1388. doi:10.1001/jama.298.12.1388

Madison, Wis—Pressure from consumers and dairy farmers to legalize the sale of “raw” (unpasteurized) milk is ill-advised in light of the significant presence of such foodborne pathogens as Listeria monocytogenes and Coxiella burnetii, according to researchers studying the prevalence of these microbes in a sampling of bulk-tank milk from 900 dairy herds in Wisconsin.

The findings were reported at the International Conference on Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man, held here in August.