Children’s doctors warn about raw milk

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging that pregnant women and kids avoid raw milk and any foods made from it.

The AAP sent out a policy report about the dangers of raw milk last month. In the report, the group noted it believes raw milk should not be sold at all.

“Raw milk poses a significant health risk,” said Mary Glode, MD, who helped write the report.

Germs from the cow, goat or other animal can get into its milk in several ways. Pasteurization kills these germs using heat.

But raw milk is not pasteurized. It can contain germs that make people sick. These germs can be very harmful to:

  • Pregnant women
  • Babies
  • Children

Some states ban the sale of raw milk. Many other states let stores sell it and foods made from it.

The AAP urges parents to read labels and avoid cheese and other dairy foods made from raw milk.

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