The continuing debate over increasing consumption of raw (unpasteurised) milk: is it safe?

K. N. Jordan, K. Hunt, Jeffrey Hoorfar

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The debate on the consumption of raw (unpasteurised) milk continues. On one side there is the risk of illness associated with pathogenic bacteria that may be in the milk, a risk that can be mitigated by pasteurisation of the milk prior to consumption. On the other side, there are those who believe that pasteurisation of milk damages its nutrient qualities, and that hygienically produced milk will not contain pathogens. But who is right? The discussion is illustrated by a case study on the contamination of raw bulk tank milk by Listeria monocytogenes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCase Studies in Food Safety and Authenticity: Lessons from Real-Life Situations
PublisherWoodhead Publishing
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)9780857094124, 9780857096937
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • hygienic condition
  • nutrient quality
  • raw milk consumption dairy product
  • Listeria monocytogenes infection bacterial disease transmission, etiology
  • Artiodactyla Mammalia Vertebrata Chordata Animalia (Animals, Artiodactyls, Chordates, Mammals, Nonhuman Vertebrates, Nonhuman Mammals, Vertebrates) - Bovidae [85715] cow common disease vector, food
  • Eubacteria Bacteria Microorganisms (Bacteria, Eubacteria, Microorganisms) - Regular Nonsporing Gram-Positive Rods [07830] Listeria monocytogenes species pathogen, contaminant
  • Primates Mammalia Vertebrata Chordata Animalia (Animals, Chordates, Humans, Mammals, Primates, Vertebrates) - Hominidae [86215] human common host
  • 12502, Pathology - General
  • 13502, Food technology - General and methods
  • 13518, Food technology - Dairy products
  • 31000, Physiology and biochemistry of bacteria
  • 36002, Medical and clinical microbiology - Bacteriology
  • 37014, Public health - Sewage disposal and sanitary measures
  • Medical Sciences
  • pasteurization applied and field techniques
  • Foods
  • Human Medicine
  • Sanitation


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