Raw Milk Banned: AAP Joins Many Other Groups
In the May issue of the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has joined with a long line of organizations representing the scientific and public health communities, and published a new policy statement calling for a complete ban on the sale of raw milk because of the risks associated with the product, especially for small children and pregnant women.
The AAP is actually a bit late to the ballgame, and now joins such agencies and organizations as the American Medical Association, the International Association for Food Protection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Environmental Health Association, and the World Health Association, who have previously called for a ban on sales of raw milk and certain cheeses made from raw milk, including soft-ripened cheeses. All have recommended that only pasteurized milk and other dairy products be sold and consumed, especially by infants, children and pregnant women.
These recommendations are based on extensive scientific data that has been compiled regarding the prevalence of illness due to consumption of raw and unpasteurized milk and related products, especially when it comes to infants and small children, as well as pregnant women and their fetuses. They believe that illnesses stemming from the consumption of these products are among the most preventable.
The AAP also notes that a great many of those who become ill do so based on a significant amount of misinformation out there with regard to the health benefits of raw milk products, as well as a mistaken belief that the pasteurization process strips milk of its nutrients. They also note that some statements implying that raw milk has no association with lactose intolerance are false. The new policy statement also notes that claims of links between pasteurized milk and such disorders as autism and asthma are not based on scientific evidence.
The AAP policy statement also lists a total of 11 types of bacteria that have been found far too often in raw milk, including some that are responsible for increasing numbers of outbreaks, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter. These bacteria, and the other organisms discovered in raw milk, result in a great number of illnesses, with the largest number of raw milk outbreak victims being young children.
The experienced and knowledgeable Foodborne Illness Attorneys at Hill Law Firm want parents and pregnant woman to understand the risks raw milk poses to themselves and their children. There need to be greater safeguards in place to get producers of raw milk and raw dairy products to produce a safer product. In the meantime, if you or your child have become sick, and you believe a raw milk product was the cause, call the Lawyers at Hill Law Firm to discuss your case and consider your options.