POSITION PAPER ON THE DEBATE OVER RAW MILK SAFETY
PRESS CONFERENCE, QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO, ON
November 18, 2008
Pam Killeen (author, raw milk consumer)
The opposite of dirty milk is not pasteurized milk.
The opposite of dirty milk is clean milk.
“Approximately 100 years ago, pasteurization was introduced as a way to combat tuberculosis, infant diarrhea and other diseases caused by poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods. However, today, thanks to advancements in science and technology, refrigerated trucks, stainless steel tanks, milking machines and inspection methods make it possible to produce local, safe, clean raw milk. Consumers of raw milk here in Ontario are asking that the laws surrounding the ban of raw milk be revised in order to reflect this 21st century reality.
Even before mandatory pasteurization laws were established, public health officials recognized that there were dramatic hygienic differences between the animal husbandry practices of grass-feeding and stall-feeding dairy cattle. According to a statement published in the American Journal of Public Health in 1928 (American J Public Health 18:634,1928): Continue reading