Would you drink milk straight from the cow? The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t advise it, but it’s perfectly legal in a few states, and some people believe (fervently) that pasteurization zaps beneficial nutrients along with the bad bugs. (Here’s a good assessment of the health and safety pros and cons from a cautious raw-milk drinker we know.) More people seem scared this year by over-zealous attempts to protect the public: the FDA and state food safety departments started cracking down on raw-milk distribution rings, messing with what Stephen Colbert called our “right to get dysentery.” These raids make a lot more people nervous than does a little uncooked moo juice — especially now that it looks like the FDA might be going after runny raw cheeses.
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