There was an interesting article in Tuesday’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune about the growing popularity of unpasteurized, “raw” milk. It is illegal in Florida to sell raw milk for human consumption because it can contain Listeria and E. coli (pasteurization is supposed to kill the bacteria), but you can get around the law by purchasing milk labeled “for pet use only.” According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 19 dairies are licensed to sell raw milk– for pet food– in Florida.
We take no position on the raw vs. pasteurized debate (it makes little difference to the cows), but one quote in the article caught our attention. John Fruin, chief of Florida’s Bureau of Food and Meat Inspection, told the paper, “It’s very difficult to slaughter or milk an animal and not risk some fecal contamination.”
Soy milk, anyone?