A Wisconsin State Senate committee is scheduled to take up Senate Bill 236–a bill that would open the doors to the legal sale of unpasteurized milk from dairy farmers. The bill, championed by Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), would set up guidelines for allowing the dumber among us to consume a product that was made safe by Louis Pasteur in 1864.
Consider these facts from the FDA…
Between 1993 and 2006, more than 1500 people from drinking raw milk, or eating cheese made from raw milk.
The CDC reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne illness and results in 13 times more hospitalizations than illnesses involving pasteurized dairy products.
Raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses. Listeria, in pregnant women, can cause fetal miscarriage, or illness/death in newborns.
However, raw milk advocates will tell you it “tastes better,” and point to anecdotal evidence of safety by claiming they have never been made sick by raw milk. You know what I think tastes better? Not vomiting all over the place and making a mess inside your pants from food poisoning. Let me be as graphic as possible and tell you that you can do both of these things (at the same time) for hours on end from food poisoning. It will leave you so weak, you will wish you had the physical strength to end your existence. I’ve had food poisoning before–and I certainly wouldn’t invite it into my house again because raw milk “tastes better.”