A new study shows that about one in six people who drink raw milk will be infected by a bacteria or parasite.
Minnesota Department of Health researchers found that 17% of raw milk consumers in Minnesota between 2001 and 2010 became ill with infections, according to Fox News. The research also showed that there were 530 laboratory-confirmed cases of bacterial infections from Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter and parasitic infections called cryptosporidiosis.
Some say that there are health benefits to consuming raw milk but these claims have not been confirmed, according to Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Trish Robinson. She said that the new research shows that there is a risk for illness in drinking milk that has not been pasteurized but it shows no health benefits as far as they know.
The study was published on Dec. 11 in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).