q1w2e3 saidBut it's not just one person's folly. Cases tend to appear in clusters, which makes it a public health issue.
Just look in this pdf for 2010-May 2011 dairy product outbreaks. Several things to notice:
1. Vast majority of outbreaks is from raw milk products
2. Most incidents have several people affected unless a recall was effected.
3. Most of these products are legally sold but there were some interstate sales. (my take on this is that the laws that exist are deficient in protecting the public, and that the interstate issue is artificial. Diseases don't follow state borders)
Those numbers are small in comparison to what could be distributed by say, Wallmart's generic brand milk or milk from Kwik Trip stores. My point is not that this is a safe practice. It is that the FDA should target the farm/retail stores that sell this stuff.
On the same token...why are people allowed to buy a rare hamburger in a resturaunt, or undercooked eggs? We know full well that hamburger is not sterile and undercooking of it can lead to a serious infection with E.coli 0157 among other things. Why are people allowed to make that choice, but not what type of milk they want to drink?
I'll say it again...I do not condone this! People- cook your burgers through, dont eat raw eggs, and pasteurize your damn milk. Its your own life at risk.