Do you ever ask yourself why milk is pasteurized? It isn’t some government
plot; it’s because unpasteurized milk can contain E. coli 0157 bacteria.
Cows naturally carry this bacteria in their intestinal tracts. Unfortunately,
it can be fatal to humans.
There are people who choose to drink raw milk, though, despite the possible
dangers. The sale of raw milk is prohibited in twenty states. In Oregon,
retail outlets can’t sell it, but farms can sell raw milk directly
to consumers if they follow some guidelines, such as having no more than
two cows that produce milk.
The family-run Foundation Farm in Wilsonville, OR, is one such farm. They
have a CSA-type of program in which families can purchase shares of a
cow and thus receive deliveries of raw milk. Unfortunately, some of this
milk appears to have been infected by E. coli 0157, and so far three children
have been hospitalized as a result. The farm has stopped production and
instructed its members not to drink any remaining milk.
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