Update on the Safety of Milk and Dairy Products

Considering recent reports concerning a confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) in an individual in the United States with exposure to dairy cattle, we wish to affirm the continued safety of milk and dairy products for consumption. Robust safety measures are in place to alleviate any concerns regarding the risk to the public, which remains low according to the USDA, FDA and CDC.

Key Points on Milk Safety:

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  • Pasteurization Process: It is important to note that all commercial milk is subject to pasteurization, a rigorous process that effectively inactivates bacteria and viruses, including the influenza virus. This ensures that milk and dairy products remain safe for consumption.
  • Surveillance and Monitoring: The CDC, along with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are closely monitoring the situation. These agencies work in concert with state health departments to ensure that milk from affected animals does not enter the commercial supply.
  • Guidance on Raw Milk: In line with longstanding FDA recommendations, consumers are reminded of the risks associated with consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk. The current situation underscores the importance of adhering to this advice for health and safety reasons.

Reinforcement of Safety Measures:

The detection of HPAI A(H5N1) in dairy cattle and the subsequent confirmation of a human case have not altered the assessment of risk to the public, which remains low. The established safety measures and the stringent process of pasteurization ensure the continued safety of milk and dairy products available in the market.

We encourage you to stay informed through reliable sources. Our collective efforts in surveillance, monitoring, and adherence to established safety protocols are crucial in maintaining the safety and integrity of our food supply.

For further updates and guidance, please refer to the CDC, USDA, and FDA websites.



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