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Raw milk is considered to be among dangerous products

There has been much said and written concerning the safety of many aspects of the nation's food supply. As concerns have mounted in Tennessee over the presence of antibiotics in meat the trend to organic products has grown as nonorganics have come to be seen as dangerous products. Another area of concern has to do with dairy foods, particularly the perceived benefits of raw milk. The dangers of consuming raw milk may outweigh any possible benefits.

Raw milk can contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness. The bacteria was recently found in raw milk that was sold across the country. The farm is in another state and an investigation confirmed the presence of the bacteria. At least one person has been diagnosed with brucellosis, a disease caused by the Brucella bacterium. The disease causes flu-like symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose, and it is also resistant to many antibiotics.

Some people prefer raw milk as they are concerned that pasteurization contributes to such things as lactose intolerance and allergies. The Federal Drug Administration refutes these claims and also states that the process does not change the milk's nutritional value. In fact, according to the FDA pasteurization has saved countless lives.

Illness caused by consuming contaminated food can be dangerous, particularly to the very young and the very old in Tennessee. If a person suspects that someone is suffering from a food-borne illness contracted from dangerous products, medical assistance may be needed. In the aftermath of such an event, a person may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and help the client determine what legal options may be available.

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