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Here’s How Drinking Raw Milk Could Kill You


Drinking raw milk isn’t just a bad idea—it’s a potentially fatal one.

Two cases of listeriosis have been linked to a dairy farm that ships raw milk around the country, reports the Associated Press. One of the two victims allegedly died due to the disease.

The dairy farm, called Miller’s Organic Farm, is located in Lancaster County, Pa. The farm isn’t licensed by or inspected by Pennsylvania’s agriculture department as it doesn’t sell through traditional retail channels. Instead, it sells its unpasteurized milk through a membership club.

According to the farm’s website, it ships all products via FedEx using insulated packaging and ice packs.

Listeriosis isn’t typically fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typical symptoms include fever and muscle aches and it can be treated with antibiotics.

Miller’s Organic Farm could not be reached for comment at this time.

Update: The Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, DC., has released a statement saying that a family member and caregiver of the deceased has denied the CDC’s claims, and that the alleged victim died from cancer, not listeriosis.