Is it safe to drink milk that hasn’t been pasteurized?

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There’s been a long-running debate between public health officials, who warn of the risks of drinking raw milk, and advocates who tout its health benefits.

A study out this month adds more weight to the “risk” side, finding that nearly 4 percent of Minnesotans sickened by microorganisms in the last 10 years had recently consumed raw milk. Assuming that far more people get sick than just those with positive lab tests, the study estimates that roughly 17 percent of all raw-milk consumers in the state were sickened.

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced Monday that it is recommending that pregnant women and children avoid raw milk and raw-milk products because of the possible risk of bacterial infection.

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