Raw Milk

milkThe Texas Association of Dairymen does not support expanding current Texas law, which allows the sale of raw (unpasteurized) milk only to an individual who visits and buys it directly from the farm where the raw milk is produced. TAD agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that consuming raw milk is a serious health risk.

Raw milk can be harmful, according to the latest CDC study:

Pasteurization is necessary for dairy food safety:

No scientific evidence finds that drinking raw milk prevents or cures disease or illness:

Learn more in the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about raw milk.

Recent News:

State finds Listeria in raw milk — warns consumers, shuts down dairy operations
Food Safety News, Jan. 22, 2020

Montana again smacks down efforts to legalize sales of unpasteurized milk
Food Safety News, Feb. 26, 2019

Benefits of Milk Pasteurization Confirmed–Again
Farm Journal, Feb. 20, 2019

People in 19 states exposed to Brucella bacteria from drinking raw milk
Food Safety News, Feb. 11, 2019

Get checked, CDC advises those who drank raw milk from this Lancaster County farm in past 3 years
Lancaster Online, Jan. 28, 2019

Massachusetts governor wants public health oversight for raw milk
Food Safety News, Aug. 16, 2018

Father of toddlers critically sickened by E. coli: ‘Not aware this was remotely possible’
Knoxville News Sentinel, June 15, 2018

Texas dairies ask the Legislature to help keep milk safe
Texas Tribune, June 5, 2018

Almost Every American Who Got Sick From Dairy Was Consuming Raw Milk or Cheese
Gizmodo, May 18, 2018

Listeria problems with soft cheeses increasing in the U.S.
Food Safety News, April 27, 2018

Texas raw milk Brucella contamination hits 7 states
Food Safety News, Sept. 15, 2017

Texas investigates brucellosis, warns against K-Bar raw milk
Food Safety News, Aug. 15, 2017

CDC: Raw Milk, Cheese Cause Almost All Dairy Foodborne Illness
Food Safety News, May 18, 2017

What are the odds? 840 times more likely for raw milk drinkers
Food Safety News, May 2, 2017

The risks of consuming raw milk
Taylor County Extension Agent, April 30, 2017

Two Dead From Raw Milk Cheese Contaminated With Listeria
NBC News, March 9 2017 

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