Actually the sale of raw milk is legal in most states.
Given your logic of contamination between inspections then there should be no sale of anything to anybody. Why even bother with inspections of any food facility then?
No, because even with inspections there is no means by which to ensure safety according to the FDA position statement.http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~ear/mi-03-4.html
In this Federal Register notification for the final rule to 21 CFR Part 1240.61, FDA made a number of findings including the following:
"Raw milk, no matter how carefully produced, may be unsafe." "It has not been shown to be feasible to perform routine bacteriological tests on the raw milk itself to determine the presence or absence of all pathogens and thereby ensure that it is free of infectious organisms."
"Opportunities for the introduction and persistence of Salmonella on dairy premises are numerous and varied, and technology does not exist to eliminate Salmonella infection from dairy herds or to preclude re-introduction of Salmonella organisms. Moreover recent studies show that cattle can carry and shed S. dublin organisms for many years and demonstrated that S. dublin cannot be routinely detected in cows that are mammary gland shedders."
Given the fact that the sale of raw milk is legal in 27 states and since dairy farmers and their families in the other 23 drink raw milk and with only 58 outbreaks in 28 years(compared to 76 mil total illnesses per year for everything else) I would say that the problem is being overblown.
Not according to the recent news story. I was mistaken in my memory that it was 25 states plus Ohio and not 24 plus Ohio. http://www.timesreporter.com/index.php?ID=55548&r=5
Sales of raw milk are illegal in Ohio and 24 other states. But herd share agreements take advantage of a loophole because the group is buying the cows, not the milk. The state is not challenging Stutzman’s herd share agreement.
2% of 2128000000 is way more than 58 and roughly 2% of people could be drinking raw milk just by the last figures I can remember of people involved in dairy farms. Course it's hard to compare as they never gave any hard numbers on individual illnesses just outbreaks
They do on a case by case basis. These kinks indicate from 12 to over 60 cases for each incident.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5226a3.htmhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5125a2.htmhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4940a3.htmhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5026a3.htm
The number of people drinking raw milk isn't as high as those drinking processed but they are still probably higher than you're giving credit for.
I can't say for sure as I'm having problems getting NASS to work for me tonight.
Given the restrictions for raw milk licenses I think the numbers may be in line.