Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses.
Decades ago, pasteurization of milk was adopted as a basic public health measure to kill dangerous bacteria. This measure largely eliminated the risk of getting sick from one of the most important staples of the American diet.
This page contains links to content about both pasteurized and raw milk from across the Food section of FDA.gov. There are links for videos, news, consumer information, guidance documents, and other industry information.
- A Survey of Milk in Dark Chocolate Products
- Consumer Update: What FDA Learned About Dark Chocolate and Milk Allergies
- Consumer Update: Have Food Allergies? Read the Label
- Consumer Update: Raw Milk May Pose Health Risk
- Consumer Update: Problems Digesting Dairy Products?
- Consumer Update: FDA and CDC Remind Consumers of the Dangers of Drinking Raw Milk
- Food Safety and Raw Milk
- The Dangers of Raw Milk: Unpasteurized Milk Can Pose a Serious Health Risk
- Questions & Answers: Raw Milk
- Problems Digesting Dairy Products?
- Raw Milk Misconceptions and the Danger of Raw Milk Consumption
News and Events
Guidance and Regulations
- Regulatory Actions by FDA Relating to Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products
- Guidance for Industry: Dairy Farms, Bulk Milk Transporters, Bulk Milk Transfer Stations and Fluid Milk Processors: Food Security Preventive Measures Guidance
- Guidance for Industry: Standard of Identity for White Chocolate
- Guidance for Industry: Sanitary Transportation of Food
- Guidance for Industry: Ultrafiltered Milk in the Production of Standardized Cheeses and Related Cheese Products
- Guidance for Industry: Establishing and Maintaining a List of U.S. Milk and Milk Product, Seafood, Infant Formula, and Formula for Young Children Manufacturers/Processors with Interest in Exporting to China
- Testimony before the Committee on Rural Economic Development, Wisconsin State Assembly, March 10, 2010
- Testimony before the Health and Government Operations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates, March 17, 2009
- Testimony before the Health and Government Operations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates, March 15, 2007
Additional Information for Industry
- Milk Safety Programs & Shippers List
- National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Model Documents
- Coded Memoranda
- Dairy Grade A Voluntary HACCP
- Interstate Milk Shippers List