Is my milk safe?
With all the headlines about foodborne illness in recent years, it’s no wonder why food safety seems to be on the top of many people’s minds these days. The good news is that a recent study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that outbreaks of foodborne illness had decreased by more than 40 percent from 2001 to 2010. As a dietitian, the safety of our food is something that I am personally interested in and questioned about on a regular basis. For example, last month at a health and wellness expo, an inquisitive participant asked, “Is my milk safe? How can I really be sure that my milk doesn’t contain anything harmful?”
I love when teaching opportunities like this present themselves, and because this is such a common question, I want to share my answer with you.
Milk and milk products go through a thorough multi-step process in order to become some of the most highly tested and regulated foods in the United States. Every tanker of milk is tested both at the farm and at the processing plant, and human hands never touch milk until it arrives at your table. What’s more important to keep top of mind is that milk is pasteurized to eliminate the possibility of harmful bacteria.
And an added bonus, milk and other dairy products provide a huge bang for our buck, they taste great and they provide nine essential nutrients for good health. When you really think about it, milk is a nutritional bargain at just 25 cents a glass.
So not only is it delicious, nutritious and economical, you can rest assured that milk and dairy products are safe. So go ahead and pour your family and yourself a tall, cold glass of milk… better yet, in this cold weather, you may want to make it a hot cocoa!
To find one of my favorite winter treats, a tasty mint patty steamer, check out our recipes on UDIM: http://www.udim.org/recipes/2013/Mint_Patty_Steamer.pdf