14. Raw Milk
Raw milk is any milk that has not been pasteurized in order to kill harmful bacteria. Raw milk may contain harmful bacteria or other germs that could make you very sick, or even kill you. Raw milk is the most dangerous of all foods that can cause foodborne illness.
People who opted for raw milk in the hope that it would improve their health ended up spending several weeks in hospital with infections from raw milk. Raw milk can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting, and even death.
People who drank raw milk can develop severe or even fatal diseases. This includes Guillain Barre syndrome which can cause paralysis and hemolytic uremic Syndrome which can lead to kidney failure, stroke, and even death.
Below are some things you should know:
- Illness can occur from the same brand and source of raw milk that people had been drinking for a long time without becoming ill.
- A wide variety of germs that are sometimes found in raw milk can make people sick. These germs include Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella.
- Each ill person’s symptoms can differ depending on the type of germ, the amount of contamination, and the person’s immune defenses.
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