Although many states are now allowing the sale of raw milk, also known as unpasteurized milk, it is a violation of federal law to sell raw milk for consumer use across state lines. Arkansas does not allow the sale of raw milk but it's quite possible that during this current legislative session, that a bill will be introduced to allow the sale of raw milk in Arkansas.
Pasteurization has helped provide safe,nutrient rich milk and cheese for over one hundred years and because of pasteurization, less than 1.5 percent of annual foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States involve dairy foods.
Here are some proven facts about milk and pasteurization:
- Pasteurization DOES kill harmful bacteria.
- Pasteurization DOES save lives.
- Raw milk DOES NOT kill dangerous pathogens by itself.
- Pasteurizing milk DOES NOT cause lactose intolerance and allergic reactions.Both raw milk and pasteurized milk can cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to milk proteins.
- Pasteurization DOES NOT reduce milk's nutritional value.
Thanks to proven science and technology tools like pasteurization,
dairy farmers will continue providing safe,high-quality milk !!