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CDC Urges States to Tighten Raw Milk Regulation

26 July 2012

US - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a letter last week to state health officials urging them to continue to support pasteurisation for all milk sold to consumers and to tighten regulations governing the sale of raw milk and raw milk products.

The letter from Dr Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC's Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases department, comes at a time when several states are considering relaxing some of their raw milk laws.

According to a report in Food Safety News, the letter from Tauxe stressed the danger of consuming unpasteurised milk, which can contain pathogens such as E-coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella. Tauxe wrote, "To protect the health of the public, state regulators should continue to support pasteurisation and consider further restricting or prohibiting the sale and distribution of raw milk and other unpasteurised dairy products in their states."

Bills that would allow or increase sales of unpasteurised milk to consumers have been introduced recently in several states, including Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Jersey, but they have not passed. Most state legislatures have recessed for the summer, but some, like New Jersey, remain in session all year.

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