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Sanitized Milk Cleanliness Myths

Sanitized Milk Cleanliness Myths

First, let's get raw milk out of the way and then
today's column will get to the pasteurization myth.

On their website, California's Claravale Dairy asks:

"What's So Special About Claravale Farm Milk?"

The answer given by Claravale includes these points:

"It's fresh. Claravale Farm milk is often sold
the day it comes out of the cow and is never more
than a few days old...It's clean. Cleanliness standards
for raw milk are stricter than for pasteurized products...
It tastes great. Because Claravale Farm milk is natural,
pure, clean, and fresh, it tastes wonderful...Because
it is not processed or adulterated, Claravale Farm milk
is the last real, honest milk you can buy."

On Friday, March 23, 2012, the California Department of
Public Health issued an emergency recall of Claravale's
raw milk and cream because campylobacter bacteria was
discovered in their products. More on Campylobacter:

Kansas, March 22, 2012:

Pennsylvania, February 12, 2012:

New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, October 11, 2011:

Alaska, August 22, 2011:

South Carolina, July 18, 2011


The dairy industry continues to deceive consumers
about the pasteurization myth. They want milk
drinkers to believe this lie, and that deception
sickens millions of people each year, according
to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The March 15, 2012 issue of the International Journal
of Food Microbiology (154(3):162-8) contains a study
in which various species of enterococci were isolated
from storage tanks containing pasteurized milk.

Here is what the dairy researchers found:

"Enterococci are reported to survive pasteurization..."

"...the most heat resistant isolates were E. durans,
E. faecium and E. hirae. The data show that heat
resistance in enterococci is highly variable."

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Information re: the above terms, according to Wikipedia:

"Important clinical infections caused by Enterococcus
include urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial
endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis."

"Enterococcus durans is a species of Enterococcus.
Prior to 1984, it was known as Streptococcus durans.

"Enterococcus faecium...can be commensal (innocuous,
coexisting organism) in the human intestine, but it
may also be pathogenic, causing diseases such as
neonatal meningitis."

"The Enterococcus hirae species is widely known to
cause infections."

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Question: Having read all of the above, how is it
humanly possible that you or your friends or loved
ones continue to eat and drink this stuff?

Hint: Where do you imagine the pathogen named
Enterococcus faecium comes from? Got Milk?
Got fecal-yummies...

Robert Cohen

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