Officials with SA Health in Australia are reporting five cases of cryptosporidiosis linked to the consumption of Moo View Dairy’s unpasteurized cow’s milk prompting a recall and a health warning.
Kevin Buckett, Director of Public Health at SA Health said they’ve seen some recent cases of people getting sick from raw milk. ” I wanted to remind people that it really isn’t wise to be drinking raw cow’s milk”, he said. “We pasteurize milk for a reason, as it’s much safer”.
Pasteurized milk is milk that has gone through a process called pasteurization. This process usually involves heating milk to a specific temperature for a certain period of time to kill any harmful organisms that can be present in milk.
Raw milk, also known as unpasteurized milk, is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria.
“It is important to remember that raw cow’s milk products should not be consumed as they can contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and listeria, as well as cryptosporidium,” he said.
The farm, run by Mark and Helen Tyler, defended the company’s raw milk product, saying they had only tried to “operate within the law”.
The recalled products are sold in one-litre, two-litre and three-litre plastic bottles and labelled: The SA Government declares this RAW COW’S MILK NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
In Australia, it’s illegal to sell raw milk.