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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement telling children and pregnant women not to consume raw milk.
The consumption of raw milk can lead to life-threatening bacterial infections, according to the AAP press release. The organization also supports a ban on the sale of raw milk in the United States.
In pregnant women, consuming raw milk can lead to miscarriages and stillbirth, and meningitis and blood borne diseases in children and pregnant women.
National Monitor reported that pasteurization, the heating of dairy products to at least 161 degrees Fahrenheit and then cooling it rapidly, kills bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella.
While it is illegal to sell raw milk across state lines, it is still legal to sell raw milk. Raw milk is sold in 30 states in the U.S.
Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, a co-author on the policy with the AAP, a professor, and chief of the neonatology division at the Medical College of Georgia, cannot understand why people would want to consume raw milk when pasteurized milk is safer, reported ABC News.
“Why consume raw milk when the pasteurized product is safer and has no nutritional properties that have been altered or diminished?”
The AAP took the time to send a tweet, linking its press release on not consuming raw milk:
Women who are pregnant, infants and children should avoid raw milk products: AAP policy. http://t.co/VCf6BNHMCA
— AAP News (@AAPNews) December 16, 2013