This week, Idaho Public Health officials are investigating eight illnesses in southwest Idaho likely associated with drinking unpasteurized (raw) milk. The dairy in question is a licensed dairy in Kuna, ID permitted to distribute raw milk, and has had five years of experience handling and bottling raw milk. The facility provides milk samples which are tested monthly, and the facility is inspected quarterly by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The dairy is fully cooperating in the investigation.
The dairy has suspended all raw milk distribution, has pulled product from shelves at retail outlets, and is complying completely with the health department and ISDA. The following statement was issued by the dairy:
“Natural Farm Fresh always strives to put the highest quality product in your home. We suspended production this week to investigate a possible issue that came to our attention. You are our first priority and it is important that our farm produces the finest product for your families. We expect to be fully operational in the near future.”
—– Natural Farm Fresh
People should inform themselves of possible health risks before consuming raw, unpasteurized dairy products or providing such products to family members, particularly those considered members of high risk groups. Those at higher risk of illness after consuming raw, unpasteurized milk include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
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Pasteurization is a process that kills harmful bacteria by heating milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time. First developed by Louis Pasteur in 1864, pasteurization kills harmful organisms responsible for such diseases as listeriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis.
Research shows no meaningful difference in the nutritional values of pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. Pasteurized milk contains low levels of the type of nonpathogenic bacteria that can cause food spoilage, so storing your pasteurized milk in the refrigerator is still important. (SOURCE: FDA.gov)
Contact Christine Myron with the Central District Health Department at 321-2222
or Laurie Boston with the Southwest Public Health at 455-5325