Fred Pritzker, writing on “The Food Safety Lawyer” blog (yes, apparently there’s more than one):
“I don’t get it.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some people believe that drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from raw milk is healthful and safe. It isn’t. And anyone who believes it is, ignores an unassailable body of scientific knowledge and common sense.
No one in their right mind eats raw hamburger. That’s because it hasn’t been heated to a sufficient temperature to kill off harmful pathogens. The same is true for raw dairy products. If it isn’t pasteurized, the microscopic pieces of cow shit and other unhealthy things residing on, in or around cows aren’t neutralized and will cause illness. That’s exactly why laws requiring pasteurization of milk were enacted in the first place. Without them, raw milk and raw cheese outbreaks of tuberculosis, E. coli O157:H7 poisoning, salmonellosis, Campylobacteriosis and other nasty, dangerous and fatal diseases would be rampant.
How do I know? Because I represent people injured or killed by raw milk and cheese made from raw milk, including many folks who are part of the Costco-Bravo Farms E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that occurred within the past few months in various western states. My clients include several children and elderly people including one older woman who remains bedridden in a rehabilitation facility months after she was first sickened. I am also currently representing a Pennsylvania man sickened by raw milk purchased from a high-end natural foods store. He, too, remains incapacitated.
A January 29, 2011 article in the Los Angeles Times, reports that U.S. marshals and Food and Drug Administration agents seized adulterated cheese produced by Bravo Foods. This cheese was apparently part of the production implicated in the recent outbreak. Federal officials wanted to make sure this cheese was fully and finally removed from the marketplace…..”