In addition to babies and pregnant women, raw milk poses a health risk for people with compromised immune systems and the elderly, he said.
"The evidence overwhelmingly establishes the benefits of pasteurization on safety without proven adverse effects of pasteurization," Bhatia said.
The International Dairy Foods Association, a trade group, says on its website that "All milk intended for direct consumption should be pasteurized - it's a matter of food safety."
Boor grew up on a dairy farm and was raised on raw milk.
She said she favors giving people a choice when it comes to the type of milk they drink. But most people may not understand the risks of raw milk or accurately envision what goes on at a farm. Cows can be sick for a while before it's noticeable, Boor said, or the milking machine can drop off the cow and fall on the ground and get contaminated.
"Pasteurization is a very simple step, and that's all that it takes to put up that barrier, to prevent that problem," she said.