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Milk Makes Kids Sick

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There’s been another kerfuffle with dirty milk, and this time children are sick.

Six kids have contracted e coli, with four of them confirmed to have been consuming Organic Pastures raw milk. The California Department of Public Health reported that lab tests done on six children showed the same unique strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157. Considered a more complex version of your average e coli, it’s responsible for severe disease, including bloody diarrhea and a type of kidney failure (hemolytic uremic syndrome). As such, some of these children have required hospitalization.

So why is raw milk a strong contender as the culprit? Well, it’s not pasteurized, a process which kills harmful germs and bacteria including E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria.

Mark McAfee, founder and CEO of the Fresno-based dairy says “the scientists always tell us that E. coli comes from manure. But we had a cow with E. coli on the inside of her udder. That’s never happened before.” One cow tested negative and positive over two days of testing, leading to quarantine with the uncertainty. The company says it’s now double testing their products, in case that makes anyone feel better.

This isn’t the first time Organic Pastures has made the news. They have faced eight recalls as far back as 2006, for various food borne pathogens.

Parents, think about introducing your little ones to dairy-free milk options. We know they can get calcium elsewhere, where manure soaked udders aren’t part of the picture.

Learn about going dairy free, and making your own nut milk, here.

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