NMPF urges FDA to defend laws against raw milk sales

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ARLINGTON, VA -- The nation’s top public health organization needs to stand firm in the face of mounting pressures to further legalize the direct sale to consumers of a potentially dangerous product: raw milk, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today, as it urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to waver in the face of pressure tactics from raw milk supporters.

Those supporters were out in force today at the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, urging FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to cease federal efforts to ban the trafficking in raw milk sales across state lines. Current FDA law prohibits the interstate sales of raw milk, although the majority of states allow some form of in-state sales and/or distribution of raw milk.

Raw milk supporters have increased their criticism of the FDA interstate sales restriction “in spite of the clear and compelling documentation that raw milk is a proven means of transmitting serious human pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella,” said NMPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak. “We hope that Commissioner Hamburg looks at the evidence, and doesn’t just listen to the noise from those who would weaken public health protections.”

While raw milk advocates have made numerous statements touting the benefits of consuming raw milk, these claims mislead consumers and have not been supported by science-based studies, Kozak said.

“Raw milk consumption is inherently dangerous because the product can contain pathogens that are capable of causing foodborne illness,” Kozak said. “Pasteurization is one of the most effective food safety tools developed and, when properly conducted, is the only way to ensure that milk is free from disease-causing microorganisms.”

Kozak said it is particularly concerning that a key constituency in the raw milk movement includes mothers who wish to purchase the product to feed to their children. He noted that more than three-quarters of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with raw milk or milk products involve a child.

“Kids are particularly vulnerable to the diseases caused by the pathogens that may be consumed with raw milk. There are numerous cases where long-term illnesses have resulted from the ingestion of raw milk,” Kozak said. “The FDA needs to stand on the side of protecting public health, especially the health of minors whose parents may not fully grasp the potential consequences of the hazards they are exposing their kids to.”

“Many diseases are not preventable, but where there is a clear and effective prevention against milk-transmitted foodborne illness, why would we allow the myths and untruths to remove that protection?,” Kozak asked.



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November, 01, 2011 at 02:56 PM

Why does pasteurized milk make me sick as hell? Huh? Because it's not natural. It didn't matter if it was lactose free or ultra-pasteurized, I still got sick to my stomach. I had cramps so bad I felt I was going to die. Then I decided to take a chance on RAW milk and found that I have absolutely NO side affects!! I'll never go back to pasteurized milk, even if it's illegal. The law should not stop someone from drinking MILK... MILK, of all things. Seriously, the FDA and NMPF is full of incompetent morons. What are people like me supposed to do? Those who are allergic to pasteurized products? Might I add, I was sick for 3 years straight and had allergies real bad. Since I switched to raw milk, I haven't been sick for 2 years. My wife, who drinks pasteurized milk, is sick at least 5 times a year.

ellen mchugh    
chicago  |  November, 01, 2011 at 05:26 PM

We don't want milk from penned, GMO corn-fed, sick cows infected with Johne's Disease mycobacteria, bovine virus diarrhea, and scouring, whose guts are breeding grounds for far more bad bacteria than good. Raw milk enthusiasts would never drink such milk. Period. Neither raw nor pasteurized. That is what the RAW MILK WARS are really about. It's pasteurized factory-farmed milk that is dangerous. FDA! Do the right thing! End FDA conflict of interest with commercial food monopolies. FREEDOM OF CHOICE! STOP PUSHING YOUR BEUREAUCRATIC NONSENSE THAT MIGHT AFFECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE! PASTEURIZED MILK IS DEAD MILK FROM SICK ANIMALS!

Ellen McHugh    
chicago  |  November, 01, 2011 at 05:35 PM

RAW MILK FROM PASTURED (GRASS FED - HOW GOD MEANT FOR IT TO BE) HEALTHY ANIMALS RAISED RIGHT IS FAR SUPERIOR TO DEAD PASTEURIZED MILK FROM CONFINED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS FEEDING THE ANIMALS PESTICIDE LOADED GMO CORN FEED! COWS WERE NOT MEANT TO EAT THAT CRAP. MONSANTO IS KILLING THIS WORLD WITH THEIR GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS...FRANKENFOOD. WAKE UP PEOPLE - GO BACK TO WHAT AND HOW GOD MEANT IT TO BE! MAN HAS SCREWED THINGS UP ROYALLY.

Tiffani Beckman    
Santa Rosa CA  |  November, 01, 2011 at 06:00 PM

THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF COMMERCIAL DAIRY INDUSTRY PROPAGANDA AGAINST RAW MILK! Go Raw Milk Freedom Riders! Good Job! Looks like Raw-Milk Moms poked Goliath in the eye on the steps of the FDA Bldg! Here's our response to the Natl Milk Producers Federation propaganda. Read our lips: We don't want milk from penned, GMO corn-fed, sick cows infected with Johne's Disease mycobacteria, bovine virus di...arrhea, and scouring, whose guts are breeding grounds for far more bad bacteria than good. Raw milk enthusiasts would never drink such milk. Period. Neither raw nor pasteurized. That is what the RAW MILK WARS are really about. It's pasteurized factory-farmed milk that is dangerous. FDA! Do the right thing! End FDA conflict of interest with commercial food monopolies.

Tiffani Beckman    
Santa Rosa CA  |  November, 01, 2011 at 06:00 PM

THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF COMMERCIAL DAIRY INDUSTRY PROPAGANDA AGAINST RAW MILK! Go Raw Milk Freedom Riders! Good Job! Looks like Raw-Milk Moms poked Goliath in the eye on the steps of the FDA Bldg! Here's our response to the Natl Milk Producers Federation propaganda. Read our lips: We don't want milk from penned, GMO corn-fed, sick cows infected with Johne's Disease mycobacteria, bovine virus di...arrhea, and scouring, whose guts are breeding grounds for far more bad bacteria than good. Raw milk enthusiasts would never drink such milk. Period. Neither raw nor pasteurized. That is what the RAW MILK WARS are really about. It's pasteurized factory-farmed milk that is dangerous. FDA! Do the right thing! End FDA conflict of interest with commercial food monopolies.

Sheri Giachetto    
Illinois  |  November, 01, 2011 at 06:01 PM

LIes, Lies and more Lies. The greatest lie ever told was the bacteria germ theory of disease. You liars simply propagate this myth to cover up the real cause of disease which is your chemical drugs, synthetic foods and industrial pollution along with NOT having raw milk. You want us sick so that you can enslave us. The truth has been let out of the bag and the days of these lies are numbered. IT has run its course and has proven itself to be a fraud and people are no longer falling for it.

Robert Lillico    
Queensland Australia  |  November, 01, 2011 at 06:25 PM

How can the FDA poison people with GMOs and at the same time prevent access to raw milk from healthy grass fed cows?? The same product that people have thrived on for thousands of years! SHAME ON YOU!!!

Arturo Lindop    
Australia  |  November, 01, 2011 at 06:52 PM

More of the American obsession with sterilisation. Bacteria are all around us and in us. The obsession with killing all micro-organisations is a psychosis.

bachcole    
Colorado  |  November, 01, 2011 at 09:55 PM

The NMPF is just trying to protect their monopoly. They lie. I don't see anyone pushing for the banning of cantaloupe, which kill more than 23 people recently.,

Jana    
Stone Mountain, GA  |  November, 01, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I know many people who drink raw milk. It has become so common to cure allergies, ulcers and other problems by using raw milk. It was common 100 years ago as well, every year to 1000. I have met and know countless people who have gotten sick while drinking pasteurized commercial American milk and/or other highly commercialized foods. Commerce makes this country great, but it does not belong in food if food is to nourish us. Theories that pasteurized milk is good and raw is bad do not stand up in families and groups of friends who have learned different by giving both ways a chance, unless they were given antibiotics. We are Americans. We are humans. We are animals. We are mammals. How did raw milk or making decisions become taboo? We don't need someone to choose what we eat. That is overstepping bounds. I may know better how to eat than you do, but I control what I eat, you what you eat. We apparently let wonderful farmers who treat the few cows in their care like their more than beloved pets be harassed by government agencies. Agencies are not people. They don't have divine given right to do this. I think it will end, if anything good and true exists.

Perry Bobula    
why do you need to know?  |  November, 02, 2011 at 05:41 AM

Why is it we have the right to eat a bag of Kit Kat bars at each meal, or stuff our children full of nasty food from McDonald's for 3 meals a day if we choose, but we can't choose to give them raw milk? Is someone afraid we'll get healthy and not need their deadly but profitable pharmaceutical drugs anymore?

Robin Bobula    
York, PA  |  November, 02, 2011 at 05:53 AM

Why do we have the "freedom" to eat a bag of candy for breakfast, or stuff our kids full of nasty McDonald's food three meals a day, but not to give them raw milk, which nourished people around the world for centuries before pasteurization came into being? Probably because pharmaceutical companies and their cronies at the FDA make huge profits from selling their dangerous drugs to people sickened by eating junk food, not people who drink raw milk. Any effort on the part of the people to take better care of ourselves outside the medical industry (of which I am a part, so I see this going on), is discouraged, ridiculed, or outlawed so that we become a captive audience. Big Brother is here, and he says, "No raw milk for you!" To me, that's proof enough that it must be good for you.

Holly Budd    
Sunderland, Maryland  |  November, 02, 2011 at 07:21 AM

I hope that the National Milk Producers Federation will stop viewing raw milk as a threat to their industry. I hope that the FDA will pay attention to the preferences of individual citizens and not just big corporations. As the 7 billionth person is born into this world, it is useful to remember that we are not all alike, we need a choice in products that we wish to consume. I choose raw milk.

John    
November, 02, 2011 at 09:12 PM

National Milk should get down on their hands and knees and thank their idiot dairy farmers that belong to the likes of Land O Lakes, DFA, and virtually every dairy cooperative nationwide. Without these dairy farmers National Milk doesn't exist which would be a GOOD thing.

Steve    
WI  |  November, 02, 2011 at 09:22 PM

People get sick from all types of food, raw, processd, pasteurized,etc. Why pick on raw milk or does big government want to or have to control everything we eat or drink.

Jim Graham    
Hesperus, colorado  |  November, 02, 2011 at 09:36 PM

As a producer of Raw milk I can tell you all that we ( RMAC) Members, Go the extra mile to produce a safer, better Quality Milk product. This is all about controling the Food supply. Not only Raw milk but things grown in our Gardens and Grass fed Beef and pork Void of GMO. Control the food control the people. I for one Know the raw milk I produce is Safe to drink. It's about time we stood up as a nation to Goverment telling us what to eat and drink. It's all about the money. I'm not forcing anyone else to Drink Raw milk. We should have the right to choose. We do have the right to choose.

Lee    
Florida  |  November, 02, 2011 at 09:23 PM

Why do you persist in maintaining a system of animal husbandry/dairy "farming" that is so flawed that the product itself is dangerously contaminated and MUST be boiled to be safe and consumable? From the very beginning fresh milk has always been consumed in its raw and natural state. It is only a tiny blip of time in history that people have made such poor decisions about animal stewardship that they've destroyed the quality of such an ancient and health-giving food. Why don't you support a return to better husbandry methods? That way you wouldn't have to fear those of us who are already back to historically normal practices of keeping cows on pasture so they will be healthy and give safe and healthy milk. That way your milk will become good enough to be consumed raw, too! Right now I'd have to agree with you that consumption of YOUR raw milk IS inherently dangerous because it DOES contain pathogens capable of causing illness. I will drink my milk from healthy cows living outside in the sunshine eating grass and know that it is NOT dangerous.

Lee    
Florida  |  November, 02, 2011 at 09:23 PM

Why do you persist in maintaining a system of animal husbandry/dairy "farming" that is so flawed that the product itself is dangerously contaminated and MUST be boiled to be safe and consumable? From the very beginning fresh milk has always been consumed in its raw and natural state. It is only a tiny blip of time in history that people have made such poor decisions about animal stewardship that they've destroyed the quality of such an ancient and health-giving food. Why don't you support a return to better husbandry methods? That way you wouldn't have to fear those of us who are already back to historically normal practices of keeping cows on pasture so they will be healthy and give safe and healthy milk. That way your milk will become good enough to be consumed raw, too! Right now I'd have to agree with you that consumption of YOUR raw milk IS inherently dangerous because it DOES contain pathogens capable of causing illness. I will drink my milk from healthy cows living outside in the sunshine eating grass and know that it is NOT dangerous.

Paul Rossi    
Cedarville, Michigan  |  November, 03, 2011 at 01:41 PM

Hardly anyone anymore is stupid enough to buy grocery store milk. Even most of the very dumbed done uninformed masses know it causes health problems. That is why the price dropped so much the past few years. The NMPF is drowning. Their past is catching up with them and their total downfall is closing in rapidly. But the horrendous environmental and human health impacts resulting from their greed and disrespect for nature will linger. They are flailing but the internet is tying bricks to their legs.

Lois    
virginia  |  November, 03, 2011 at 02:36 PM

The government in bed with Agri-business has destroyed our food! Food Safety-HA, blow it out your...

Lois    
virginia  |  November, 03, 2011 at 02:36 PM

The government in bed with Agri-business has destroyed our food! Food Safety-HA, blow it out your...

Curtis    
Baltimore, MD  |  November, 03, 2011 at 02:58 PM

The screaming whackjobs are really out in force on this comment section!! Must be a full moon or furlough day from the asylum. These pompous jerks have every right to consume any food they choose (always have), they just don't have the right to sell unsafe food to other people and their kids. I can make a couple of suggestions of things I'd like these raw milk losers to eat.

Curtis    
Baltimore, MD  |  November, 03, 2011 at 02:58 PM

The screaming whackjobs are really out in force on this comment section!! Must be a full moon or furlough day from the asylum. These pompous jerks have every right to consume any food they choose (always have), they just don't have the right to sell unsafe food to other people and their kids. I can make a couple of suggestions of things I'd like these raw milk losers to eat.

reply to curtis    
USA  |  November, 03, 2011 at 06:51 PM

Abusive ad hominem-s undermine your already inherently fallacious statements. But maybe you thought to use the abuse as a red herring (another fallacy) to disguise your support of tyranny in lieu of right to private contracts...

Summer    
USA  |  November, 03, 2011 at 06:40 PM

No one who consumes unpasteurized milk is unaware of what they are ingesting. Who made the FDA god of what I choose to eat? If I want to eat sushi, a raw egg, rare or raw meats, cesar salad, ice cream, or anything else, it is none of their darned business. That is not government's role. They need a cease and desist order, i.e. Congress needs to step in and take their authority back. It wouldn't matter if any of these foods really were dangerous, it is still not the mandate of government to protect us from ourselves that way. Everyone needs to join farm to consumer legal defense fund ftcldf.org, and facebook group support Michael Schmidt http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Michael-Schmidt/168452773244400

Truthteller    
Texas  |  November, 03, 2011 at 08:06 PM

The dairy industry doesn't want raw milk because it means they'll have to clean up their act and stop adulterating their milk. My dad worked for a commercial dairy and milk was always diluted with water and milk powder, until the feds came for inspection and then they had to use 100% milk. Can't do that with raw milk. And they know that once the public gets a taste of what the dairy industry is doing, they'll stop buying their crap milk like a hot potato. The dairy gestapo can take their propaganda and shove it.

Jen    
IN  |  November, 03, 2011 at 09:14 PM

The truth is out, the raw milk/real food movement is growing, and you can't stop it. Your propaganda is getting VERY old. The "clear and compelling evidence" shows that raw CAFO milk is "is a proven means of transmitting serious human pathogens..." No one should drink that swill, pasteurized or not. The "noise" you're worried about is coming from educated, intelligent people who have done the research and know that grass fed raw milk is so good for you that it can't even be compared to the nasty stuff you promote. Ever heard of the word "projection"? That's what you do when you claim raw milk advocates "would weaken public health protections". Might I suggest a look in the mirror to see who REALLY weakens public health. As far as your claims that the benefits of consuming raw milk are "misleading and have not been supported by science-based studies", perhaps you ought to read through this gem: http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(11)01234-6/abstract As a mother who feeds her children raw milk every day, I'd like to thank you for your concern, however unwarranted. I am insulted by the implication that I "may not fully grasp the potential consequenses" of this decision, and need a government agency to protect me and my children. I am highly educated in biology and chemistry, and extremely skilled at research. I've made the decision to feed my family raw milk based on my research. As for your last statement about allowing "myths and untruths" to remove the protection of pasteurization? Again, a look in the mirror is in order.

Keturah    
Ontario  |  November, 03, 2011 at 09:52 PM

Pasteurization is necessary if 1) there is no refrigeration available and the milk isn't going to be consumed or prepared shortly or 2) cows are treated poorly, fed poorly and kept in non-sanitary places, or 3) you don't want to have to test your milk or keep it clean... simply rely on pasteurization to kill everything so you can relax in the milk production. I had a strong dairy intolerance and would feel bloated and yucky after eating any dairy. Then I spent time with my family in CA and drank tons of raw milk and now I can deal with all dairy fine. But I don't eat dairy here because I'm not free to choose "healthy" or "natural" milk. Pasteurization has passed its prime. It's time for a better solution... like refrigeration!!!

Nathan Rausch    
Renton, WA  |  November, 04, 2011 at 01:28 AM

I support Michael Schmidt. I buy raw milk from grass fed cows. Watch me vote with my wallet.

Dylan    
Maryland  |  November, 04, 2011 at 05:18 AM

I have tested everything when it comes to health and raw milk is at the top of my list as a superfood. To have the government protect people is ok, but to stop some one from doing what they believe to be healthy is wrong. Grass fed cows make safer meat and safer milk. All the healthy bacteria in raw milk from grass fed cows crowds out the bad bacteria. Corn fed cows make unhealthy milk that should be pasteurized, but not raw milk from grass fed cows. The people that want the pastuerized milk will still have the choice to buy their milk.

Darlene    
GA  |  November, 04, 2011 at 06:16 AM

Why don't you mention anything about the methodology of said studies? They were ALL performed on sick CAFO cows whose milk was never intended to be consumed raw. These studies are an indictment of your OWN product, and yet they are used to demonize a truly healthful, life-giving food. Raw milk from grassfed cows, not given rBGH, hormones, antibiotics, GMO corn/soy, and allowed to roam the pasture - THAT MILK is nutritionally superior to anything you guys can produce. So these articles are lies. Be honest. Tell the truth. Pasteurization kills some of the very pathogens you Dairy Men are responsible for putting in there. What a way to maintain market share. However, pasteurization does not REMOVE the pathogen byproducts left behind. No wonder people get sick - they're consuming the dead carcasses of mutant ECOLI that is only present in CAFO livestock, among other things. We're on to you....


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