Our raw milk comes from a farm that has been supplying milk for many decades, testing shows our milk to be free of Bovine Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Salmonella, Yersinnia and Campylobacter.
Some will quote reasons why raw milk is dangerous and tell you that for your safety it needs to be pasteurised.
To study the issue of pathogens in milk, Organic Pastures of California contracted with BSK labs in Fresno to perform multiple challenge and recovery tests on their raw milk and raw colostrum.
When 7 logs (10 million counts) of pathogens were added to one-millilitre samples of raw milk they would not grow. In fact they died off. The salmonella was so badly out-competed that it could not be found less than 24 hours later. The listeria drop was less dramatic and was similiar to the E. Coli O157:H7 samples that were studied, but they also did not grow and declined substantially over time. The lab concluded: “. . . organic raw milk and colostrum do not appear to support the growth of pathogens. . .” Realmilk
Note that Europeans have been making raw milk soft cheeses for years and their permissible somatic cell count is 750,000 – In NZ the penalty level is 400,000 and our level – though daily variable – is regularly below 100,000.(Results available.)
We drink the milk ourselves, as do our families.