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Raw milk firm linked to Brucella illness in New Jersey

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) has ordered a company to stop selling unpasteurized milk.

Udder Milk’s product has been linked to one illness. A North Jersey woman tested positive for Brucella RB51 infection but has recovered.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department’s Public Health and Food Protection Program, with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, are investigating to determine the suppliers.

“It is illegal in New Jersey to sell or distribute raw milk or products made from raw milk, such as yogurt, soft cheese and ice cream​,” said Dr Tina Tan, state epidemiologist.

“People should know that, in general, unpasteurized milk may contain dangerous bacteria and those who have become ill after consuming raw milk products should immediately consult a medical professional.”

FoodQualityNews has contacted Udder Milk and is awaiting a response.

The FDA said the business sold products online and through pick-up locations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

“The only way to diagnose people who are infected with this strain is by growing the bacteria through bacterial culture, as opposed to a blood test.

“People who drank or ate Udder Milk raw milk and raw milk products should also check themselves for fever for four weeks after they last drank the milk, and watch for other brucellosis symptoms for six months.”

Symptoms include muscle pain, lasting fatigue, arthritis, depression and swelling of the heart.

The Texas Department of State Health Services and CDC investigated an unrelated Brucella RB51 illness connected to K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas that sells raw milk products earlier this year.

CDC advised people who drank raw milk from the K-Bar Dairy between June and 7 August to get antibiotic treatment.

In Texas, raw milk can only allowed be sold on site at the dairy. K-Bar Dairy was operating in compliance with state laws and resumed sales last month.

Brucella RB51 cannot be diagnosed through tests commonly used and is resistant to one of the antibiotics commonly used to treat brucellosis.

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Raw Milk is not a danger

Posted by Shannon,

There will always be sensitive or intolerant people who cannot handle a natural product. This goes for any kind of food. There are many variables. Some people just cannot handle dairy whether raw or unprocessed. I have been drinking uddermilk for years and never had a problem.

The marketing ploy against raw milk has been high so I am aware of that. Some things just need to be investigated. I'm not too quick to trust these so called authorities. In this society, healthy people are not profitable...So they want to keep people sick.

When you look at the research, more people get sick from pasteurized milk than raw. I think that people should still have the choice to drink it at their own expense. The benefits of raw milk outweigh the possible risks. This goes for any food really. It is important for cows to be healthy and the steps followed to ensure safe an hygienic practices. Also, from what I can see, only 2-3 people have reported getting sick from uddermilk since 2005. That is not enough for me to just stop buying from them. Dangers like this can happen to ANYONE from ANY FOOD. I stand with uddermilk and will continue to support them and buy from them.

The fact is, pasteurization was brought about to kill pathogens and dangerous bacteria because the conventionally raised milk was sick to begin with. The pasteurized milk that you are drinking comes from cows put in disgusting and inhumane living conditions in cramped spaces, fed GMO feed, indigestible grain, pumped full of antibiotics because they are sick all the time, full of pus and blood (that's removed through centrifugal clarification), full of dead bacteria remnants and other things.

Now remember, you also are eating the meats too.

Thats why they need to pasteurize conventional milk.
Now with grass fed and healthy cows, you do not need to pasteurize. Nature doesn't make mistakes and the good bacteria and enzymes therein protect against these things.

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They should stop allowing pasteurized milk to be sold

Posted by Joe Snow,

Nearly 4x as many people get sick every year from pasteurized milk as from raw milk, but nobody will tell you that. Also, milk from conventional dairies NEEDS pasteurization only because of the appalling conditions that the cows are raised in, the hormones and anti-biotics they are pumped full of and sometimes questionable sanitation practices. Raw milk from a grass fed cow that is raised in sanitary conditions and not pumped up with chemicals is actually safer and more nutritious to drink. Halting the sale of pasteurized milk would force dairy farmers to take care of their cows better and reduce dependence on chemicals and feed that is unnatural for a cow to consume.

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