No. The Alberta Dairy Industry Act is very clear that the sale of raw milk includes trading, bartering and giving without expectation of compensation. Therefore, no licenced dairy producer can offer raw milk to anyone without the risk of contravening the Dairy Industry Act.

The sale and gifting of raw milk is illegal because our bodies are not used to some of the bacteria may exist in milk, causing a risk of illness. Pasteurization (the process of heating milk up to a very hot temperature for short amount of time), eliminates some of that bacteria that may cause illness.

The pathogenic microorganisms currently most often found in raw milk that are responsible for food poisoning include: Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, Campylobacter jejuni, and Listeria monocytogenes. These bacteria can cause health problems ranging from ordinary headaches to abdominal pains, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In extreme cases, abortions and death can result, as reported by scientific literature throughout the world.