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Ag Commissioner reminds Georgians of dangers in raw milk

ATLANTA, GA (July 20, 2007) – Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin reminded Georgians today about the dangers associated with drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk.

“Although there is a movement touting its benefits, people should remember there are numerous dangers associated with drinking raw milk,” said Commissioner Irvin. Among these dangers are illnesses resulting from Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes and Yersinia enterocolitica. These bacteria can cause a variety of health problems, including vomiting and diarrhea, encephalitis, septicemia and spontaneous abortion.

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