Infectious Bacteria in Milk Survives Pasteurization

The Marshfield Clinic Laboratories found that milk sold in the United States is contaminated with an organism that has been implicated as a suspected cause of Crohn's disease--Mycobacterium avium subspecies Paratuberculosis (MAP). In a test of 702 samples from three of the five top milk-producing states, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, at least 2.8 percent of the samples contained MAP that was alive and capable of multiplying despite pasteurization.

So not only does pasteurization kill the beneficial bacteria available in the milk, but it leaves a potentially harmful organism alive and well. The evidence for drinking healthful raw milk is well documented, and I suspect it is only a matter of time before the many reasons not to drink pasteurized milk become public.

Crohns.org


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