The American Cheese Society Responds to Recent CDC Study on Raw Milk
The American Cheese Society has published a response to the recent CDC study on non-pasteurized milk, which states that the consumption of non-pasteurized dairy products is unsafe under any circumstances. The ACS has pointed out a few key details this study left out, and offered corrections to false facts:
The authors of the study assert that the interstate sale of all nonpasteurized (herein after referred to as “raw”) dairy products is illegal – suggesting that consumers who purchase raw milk cheese may be violating the law. The introduction to the study states, “In 1987, the United States Food and Drug Administration prohibited distribution of nonpasteurized dairy products in interstate commerce for sale to consumers.” This statement is false. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibition cited in the study refers only to raw fluid milk. FDA regulations currently allow the interstate sale of raw milk cheese, so long as the cheese is made in accordance with FDA regulations, most notably with an aging period of at least 60 days. Consumers can legally purchase raw milk cheese from more than 80 licensed producers throughout the United States -- as well as from international producers of well-known raw milk cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyere, and Roquefort.
Additionally, the ACS has drafted a statement that all cheesemakers entering products into this year's competition in Raleigh are encouraged to sign, in regards to Bacteria testing. Click here to read a description