There are reported cases of consumers who have become ill from consuming raw milk.
Health Canada recently reminded Canadian not to drink raw milk because it may contain bacteria that could make you seriously ill:
“Unpasteurized milk has historically been linked to many serious diseases. Several kinds of bacteria that can be found in raw milk, such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, have been linked to food borne illness (food poisoning) outbreaks. These bacteria can cause serious health conditions, ranging from fever, vomiting and diarrhea to life-threatening kidney failure, miscarriage and death.”
For more information on the risks associated with drinking raw milk, visit Health Canada’s website.
The BC Centre for Disease Control also warns of the risks associated with consuming raw milk:
“Several studies and tests confirm that raw milk can contain a number of disease causing organisms. The “big four” include Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and Campylobacter. ”
The BC Centre for disease control has compiled a list of illness occurrences caused by the consumption of raw milk.
In the United States, a group of scientists gathered together and compiled the best available information about raw milk to provide consumers with a better understanding of key health and safety issues associated with the consumption of unpasteurized dairy products.
They provided real life testimonials of individuals who had become ill from consuming raw milk.
They have also compiled a resource manual on raw dairy outbreaks that you might find useful.