Protect yourself against illness Resources for more information ! Do not consume raw, on raw milk and food safety What You Should unpasteurized milk or milk products. Kansas Department of Agriculture Know About ! Do not buy or consume raw milk, Office of the Secretary ................... (785) 296-3556 Unpasteurized especially raw milk cheeses, from sources such as flea markets, Dairy Inspection Program ..................... (785) 296-3511 Milk door-to-door operations, out of trucks, or shipped from Mexico, Nicaragua, or Honduras. ! Avoid consuming home-made cheeses. ! Never eat soft cheeses (especially the Mexican-style cheese called queso fresco) if you are pregnant. ! Always refrigerate milk and milk products. 109 SW 9th Street Topeka, KS 66612 Don’t forget that prevention and early detection can help you live a Visit us on the web: www.ksda.gov better, healthier life Kansas Department of Health and Environment Food Protection and Consumer Safety Program ......... (785) 296-5600 Visit KDHE on the web: www.kdheks.gov/fpcs/index.html Milk is a healthy, wholesome Kansas law allows raw milk to be sold Most people recover completely from part of a balanced diet in certain circumstances: food-borne illnesses. However, sometimes the harmful bacteria can Some consumers believe that raw, ! Unpasteurized milk or its cause serious or long-term illness. For unpasteurized milk is healthier than products can be sold only by the example, kidney failure, arthritis, and pasteurized milk. milk producer directly to the disease that affects the nervous system consumer, and it must be have been linked to food-borne illnesses. This is false. The essential nutrients clearly labeled that the milk is Food-borne bacteria also have been remain even after the pasteurization not pasteurized and is raw and known to cause serious injury or death process. ungraded. to unborn babies of mothers who have been exposed to it. It is important to drink pasteurized ! Any other milk product sold in milk because it is heated to a high Kansas must be pasteurized. Certain groups of people have a greater enough temperature to be able to risk of becoming infected with illness- destroy any disease-causing bacteria causing bacteria, including young that may be present in raw milk. All raw milk products may children, pregnant women, the elderly, contain illness-causing bacteria and those with weak immune systems. The only method proven to These food-borne illnesses may cause Any dairy cow or herd can carry reduce the risk of illness is the illness-causing bacteria even if they symptoms in as little as one day up to sanitary production and proper have never tested positive for it. weeks after consuming the raw milk pasteurization of milk product. The most common symptoms The Food and Drug Administration are diarrhea, stomach cramps, The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control abdominal pain, nausea, fever, and requires that milk be pasteurized. and Prevention have documented chills. Because of this, food-borne illnesses many illnesses associated with related to consuming raw milk have consuming raw milk. They have If you have any of these symptoms decreased. stated that the risk of becoming ill after consuming raw milk or raw milk from consuming raw milk far products, immediately contact your outweigh any benefits. healthcare provider. Raw milk and raw milk products are If you don’t properly care for yourself don’t unpasteurized. They have been linked during a food-borne illness or if you to Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, have a greater risk of becoming Listeriosis, and other food-borne infected with illness-causing diseases that can cause serious illness bacteria, it could cause serious or even death. complications or death.