Arizona debate continues over drinking raw milk

GLENDALE, AZ - The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a statement saying that pregnant women, infants and children should not consume raw milk.

Arizona is one of 12 states in the United States that allows the sale of raw milk in retail stores.

Paul Rovey, owner of Rovey Dairy in Glendale and president of The United Dairymen of Arizona, opposes the idea of individuals consuming un-pasteurized raw milk.

"Pasteurization is the process of heating the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds and then cooling it rapidly so it eliminates any of the bad bacteria that could be in the milk," Rovey said.

And with the American Academy of Pediatrics backing up those claims, advocates of raw milk believe Rovey and the academy have it all wrong.

Pasteurization is used because the dairy is dirty and the cows are dirty," said raw milk advocate Sally Morell.

She believes it all comes down to how the cows are raised.

"The cows should not be kept in confinement," Morell said. "They should be kept outside. They should be eating grass and not given a lot of grain."

Federal law prohibits dairies from distributing packaged raw milk for consumption across state lines. However it is allowed only if it's going to get pasteurized or used to make aged cheese for consumers.

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