Conservatives are pushing people to drink raw milk despite fatal flu threat

Conservatives are pushing people to drink raw milk despite fatal flu threat

A conservative advocacy group headed by scam artist Charlie Kirk is pushing Americans to drink raw milk at a time when a widespread flu outbreak makes this potentially fatal. This is just one of several moves by right-wing groups and media pundits since the Food and Drug Administration cautioned against drinking raw milk following the rapid spread of H5N1 bird flu among dairy cattle.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 06: Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, speaks during a Turning Point PAC town hall at Dream City Church on June 06, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. Former U.S. President Donald Trump delivered remarks and took questions from the audience during a 'chase the vote' town hall.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA founder and executive director

The group, Turning Point USA, is promoting T-shirts that display a “got raw milk?” logo. It is well-established by the FDA that there are absolutely no health benefits from drinking raw milk instead of pasteurized milk. Raw milk was dangerous even before the rapidly spreading flu and is known to spread multiple diseases, including tuberculosis.

Tests indicate that raw milk can transmit the H5N1 flu virus to lab animals, and cats have died from drinking infected milk. Consuming raw milk is a bad idea at any time, and it’s far more dangerous now.

Promoting the drinking of raw milk is, with no qualifications, a profoundly ludicrous idea. But we seem to have reached the stage where an FDA warning against jumping off cliffs would lead to a serious mess at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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