Ark. officials issue preemptive raw milk warning

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Raw milk sales have been legal in Arkansas for less than a week, but officials are wasting no time in warning the public of potential risks associated with consuming raw dairy products.

"Raw milk is probably riskier to drink than probably any other raw food, primarily because with any others you can wash lettuce, apples and cantaloupe, with milk you have to accept it where it is," Dr. Glen Baker with the Arkansas Department of Health told KARK 4 News.

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Officials released a four-page informational sheet outlining the known risks of drinking raw milk, including symptoms of illnesses associated with the unpasteurized product, legal liability of sellers in the case of illness or fatalities following disease outbreaks, and state regulations.

“The safety of consuming raw milk is a controversial topic and is an issue that warrants further research by dairy farmers interested in selling raw milk and by people who are considering adding raw milk to their diets,” the information sheet advises.

Read, “The Promise and Risk of Raw Milk in Arkansas – Analyzing Arkansas’ New Raw Milk Law.”

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Roger Bird    
Colorado Springs  |  August, 21, 2013 at 06:19 AM

Don't believe the bureaucrats. They have a mindset that the only thing that you can do to be healthy is to kill germs. It just ain't so. The quality of your food has a lot to do with your health.

Roger Bird    
Colorado Springs  |  August, 21, 2013 at 06:53 AM

Let's end the debate by looking at some facts:

Booneville, AR  |  September, 10, 2013 at 06:54 PM

I grew up drinking raw milk almost 75 now good heath. Oh I now need to wear glasses. Bad heath advice????

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