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October 19, 1984

Unpasteurized Milk: The Hazards of a Health Fetish

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Bacterial Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta.

JAMA. 1984;252(15):2048-2052. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350150048020

Meaningful differences in nutritional value between pasteurized and unpasteurized milk have not been demonstrated, and other purported benefits of raw milk consumption have not been substantiated. Conversely, the role of unpasteurized dairy products in the transmission of infectious diseases has been established repeatedly. To effectively counsel patients attracted by the health claims made for raw milk, practicing physicians must understand both the rationale used by proponents of raw milk and the magnitude of the risk involved in drinking raw milk.

(JAMA 1984;252:2050-2054)

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