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Pediatricians Say: Use only pasteurized dairy products

Advice from pediatricians:  Use only pasteurized dairy products:

Women, infants,and young children should avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products, according to a statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the December 15, 2013 issue of Pediatrics.  A summary of the statement follows:

Raw milk and milk products from cows, goats, or sheep are a source of bacterial infection that are especially dangerous to pregnant women, fetuses, the elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems.

The popularity of raw-milk products, such as soft cheeses, has been growing in recent years, in part due to claims of health benefits.  But those claims have not been backed up by science. However, there is a scientific record of diseases and illnesses from raw milk, mostly caused by contamination of the product with E. coli, Salmonella, or Campylobacter.  The illnesses caused by such bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, cramps, nausea and vomiting.

From 1998 through 2009, there were 93 recorded outbreaks fo disease resulting from consumption of raw milk or raw-milk products, causing 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalization and two deaths.

The full press release can be found at:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/sumc-puc121013.php