Letter writer: Raw-milk problems have been reduced by vaccines, better sanitation

Graphic by Lori Deaton

In my comments about raw-milk problems in the 1800s, I provided a few examples of the problems that occurred [“The Raw Milk Debate: An Interview with Food Activist David Gumpert,” April 8, Xpress]. I never intended to suggest that the examples I mentioned were the only ones.

Mr. [Thomas] Crowe [“Raw-milk Activist Failed to Mention Disease Concern,” April 22, Xpress] is correct that there were a number of other terrible diseases passed on by raw milk (and other sources).

But as he notes, brucellosis was eradicated via vaccine, as were nearly all the most terrible diseases of those days, and other threatening pathogens were reduced by improving sanitation and other safety measures.

— David Gumpert
Needham, Mass.

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