The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has its reiterated advice that children and other vulnerable individuals should not consume raw drinking milk, following three incidents of E. coli O157 infection that could be linked to unpasteurised milk.
Six recent cases of E. coli O157 infection have been linked to consumption of raw milk from three different farms. Sales of unpasteurised milk from the farms have been suspended while investigations into the causes of the contamination continue. Some products have also been recalled.
FSA Chief Operating Officer Andrew Rhodes commented, “Long standing FSA advice has been that vulnerable people – that’s older people, infants, children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems – are particularly vulnerable to food poisoning and that is why these groups should not be consuming raw drinking milk because it has not been heat treated.”
The FSA advice can be found here.