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Kids & Moms-to-Be: Lay off the Raw Milk, Study Says

Study warns against raw milk for kids and moms-to-be
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There's nothing like a tall cold glass of milk, is there? Just make sure it's pasteurized. On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a warning for young children and pregnant women against having anything with raw milk in it. The AAP even went so far as to say it supports a nationwide ban on such products, because of the dangers of them carrying bacterial illness.

But that doesn't just mean drinking straight raw milk (which is growing in popularity due to claims of its health benefits). It means also steering clear of things like raw cheeses. For moms living in states like California, that might be a little harder than for others; California is one of 30 states that actually allow the sale of such cheeses in grocery stores.

According to authors of the AAP's warning, from 1998 to 2009, there were 93 recorded cases of disease outbreaks associated with raw milk or raw-milk products. Of these 93 cases, 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalizations and two deaths were caused. (The majority of these were caused by E. coli, salmonella or campylobacter infection.)

But the AAP isn't alone in its conclusions. It joins the FDA, the American Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Environmental Health Association, the International Association for Food Protection and the World Health Organization in its strong stance against drinking raw milk.

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