"Despite commendable efforts by countries and partners to control tuberculosis, impact on incidence has not been significant and the epidemic has now reached unprecedented proportions. Urgent and extraordinary actions must be taken." - Luis Gomes Sambo (World Health Organization's Director of African Operations)
On June 14, 2011, the British Dairy Industry officially requested a ban on the sale of raw milk.
http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Food-Safety/Dairy-UK-calls-for-unpasteurised-milk-retail-sales-ban Fearing adverse publicity from future milk-related disease outbreaks, England's milk industry insiders (Dairy UK) petitioned Great Britain's Food Standards Agency to ban the sale of raw milk. On this side of the Atlantic, politicians like Ron Paul support the sale of raw milk as a means of population control. We at Notmilk applaud Ron Paul's creative vision.
Three months ago (March, 2011), the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report which predicted that there would be two million new cases of a multi drug-resistant form of tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Three years ago (1988), WHO last estimated that the number of MDR-TB cases would number some 440,000 victims. WHO also estimated that 34 percent of those tuberculosis infections would result in death.
According to Virgil Hulse, M.D. (Author of Mad Cows and Milkgate), half of the dairy herds in America have cows testing positive for bovine tuberculosis. One cow infects another cow with tuberculosis and humans become infected by drinking pus-filled milk.
On January 10, 2005, America became aware of a Michigan hunter who contracted bovine tuberculosis from a deer. The deer most likely ran out of the woods onto the cow's turf and became infected. This story should act as a warning to both hunter and dairy consumer. Eat body parts or drink body fluids from diseased animals and suffer the consequences.
We have been aware of the Tuberculosis/milk connection for more than 75 years. "Infected raw milk is the chief means by which milk-borne tuberculosis is transmitted to man." - Journal of Dairy Science, 19:435, 1936
"Many diseases such as tuberculosis are transmissible by milk products." - Journal of Dairy Science 1988; 71
"Some strains of mycobacteria, similar to those that are associated with tuberculosis, have been found to survive pasteurization." - The National Mastitis Council, Inc. 1970 Washington, D.C.
"A Mycobacterium bovis-infected
dairy herd of 369 Holstein cows with lactation duration between 200
and 360 days was tested... 170 cows had positive tuberculin test results,
and 199 had negative results."