David E. Gumpert on The Complete Patient blog:
“It’s a tad awkward writing an assessment of a debate in which I was a participant…so here are a few random reactions to the raw milk debate at Harvard Law School Thursday evening. (If you missed it, you can view the recording on YouTube; it should be up shortly.)
* The two opponents–Heidi Kassenborg of the Minnnesota Department of Agriculture’s dairy division, and Fred Pritzker, a personal injury lawyer–handled well the audience’s clear pro-raw-milk leaning. Kasselbon said upfront, “I am probably not going to be able to persuade you.” Pritzker asked for a show of hands of those who favored raw milk, and was good humored when most everyone raised their hands. Continue reading
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. Continue reading