Because apparently healthy cows and goats can shed in their milk organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and may cause diseases such as brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, and tuberculosis; and, inasmuch as milk handlers may introduce pathogenic agents during the handling of unpasteurized milk, only pasteurized milk and milk products should be sold. Furthermore, the AVMA supports laws requiring pasteurization of all milk to be sold within a state and consumed as fluid milk or to be used in the manufacture of dairy products. The AVMA discourages the sale of unpasteurized milk or other dairy products; however, in those states where the sale of such is allowed, those products should be labeled "Not Pasteurized and May Contain Organisms that cause Human Disease."
(Formerly titled "Pasteurization")
Food Safety Policy
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association