More on raw milk
lovemrsc says: ”Thanks” for this worthless inclusion of raw milk hate. The multipliers they used were outrageous.
» SFB says: The quote marks were certainly kind. Moving on, I’d assume that the state of Minnesota isn’t just making stuff up and that they had a good reason for using the multiplying they did, but, rather than assume, let’s look at their methodology. From the actual report:
Although outbreaks associated with raw milk occur frequently and receive much media attention, the number of reported cases determined to be outbreak-related likely represents a small proportion of the actual number of illnesses associated with this product. Two lines of evidence support this assumption. First, among reported illnesses caused by enteric pathogens that are laboratory-confirmed, non–outbreak-related (i.e., sporadic) cases far outnumber those associated with recognized outbreaks (17). Second, for each reported laboratory-confirmed illness caused by a bacterial or protozoal enteric pathogen, an estimated 26–100 additional illnesses likely occur, depending on the pathogen (18). Therefore, any estimates of the number of illnesses associated with raw milk consumption should include an evaluation of sporadic cases, including multipliers to account for underdiagnosis and underreporting. However, little information is available on the number of sporadic cases of illness associated with raw milk consumption.
Not everyone goes to a hospital when they get food poisoning, so that’s why they have to multiply stuff. And while I don’t necessarily have an opinion, I would have to assume that one of the study’s authors, Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Trisha Robinson, isn’t just speaking from personal opinion when she hands quotes to USA Today like this one: ”it’s important for people to know and understand these risks before they use raw milk or give it to children. Pasteurization is around for a reason.”
Drink as much raw milk as you want—I hear it has a lot of good things in it, too! Just keep in mind that the state of Minnesota probably isn’t scaremongering when they do research like this. — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: Here’s the NIH study they used to figure out the formula.