Public Health Officials Address Raw Milk Use in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) wants consumers to be aware of the dangers of raw milk, an unpasteurized product that could potentially contain numerous life-threatening contaminants such as E. coli.


During the 2006 legislative session, DPH joined a task force, along with other agencies and individuals, to discuss the issue of raw milk in Kentucky and under what circumstances distribution and sales of raw milk products might be permitted.

"After several meetings, it was clear that there is no process or agreement that would assure the safety of raw unpasteurized milk, and that our citizens could not be assured of the safety of the product," said William Hacker, M.D., DPH commissioner and Health and Family Services' acting undersecretary for health.

Advocates of changing the law to allow raw or unpasteurized milk sales in Kentucky counter that raw milk does not pose a threat. However, health officials say, while raw milk may contain nutrients, unpasteurized milk may also contain potentially harmful bacteria and pathogens that can cause serious illness or even death.

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