Minnesota agriculture and health officials are reminding consumers about the disease risks related to consuming raw milk or dairy products made from raw milk.
The Minnesota Farm Guide reports that state law limits the sale of raw milk to purchases made at the farm where the milk is produced.
Every year, dozens of Minnesotans get seriously ill after drinking raw milk or eating dairy products made from raw milk. In addition to E. coli, raw milk can contain bacteria that cause other potentially serious gastrointestinal diseases.
Pasteurization is the only effective method for eliminating bacteria in raw milk and dairy products.