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Brown flecks in raw milk

post #1 of 9
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OK....as I was drinking my raw cow milk yesterday, an "off" taste reminded me of the state fair.  So, as I was about to down the very end of my tall glass of raw milk, I noticed all these specks/flecks of brown at the bottom.  Manure....right?  I'm 35 weeks pregnant and wondering what to do with the rest of this milk....almost a gallon!  

post #2 of 9
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I'm also wondering if I should be tested for Listeria?  What do you think?  

post #3 of 9

Wow... that's a good one...?  I'm not sure what that could be.  Have you called the farm you get it from to ask?  It might just be dirt, but even so--I haven't found that in my milk.

post #4 of 9

It could be dirt but dirt from areas where cows hang out probably has manure in it anyway. I would either throw it away or pasteurize/boil/cook it.

post #5 of 9

I would not worry too much about what is already done.  Milk is amazing and the good bacteria can combat a LOT of bad.  But you should probably not drink any more of it.  Is it possible it wasn't strained right or the container wasn't super clean?

post #6 of 9
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Yes...I'm not going to drink it anymore.  I live in a state where raw milk is not legal.  I used to get wonderful raw goat milk from a highly reputable source.  The goats don't produce much in the winter, so for the past few months I would get cow milk through a collective that would drive one state over, where it is legal, to bring back for a group of folks....also a very reputable source.  The only problem is that they only make the trip every two weeks, so I was wanting more.  I am nursing a toddler still, so craving the extra protein, I have supplemented with some raw cow milk that a friend referred me to.  It is my own fault and I take complete responsibility, but I did not question the farmer and his practices or go visit the farm.  I just ordered two gallons from the collective and will just cut down on my milk consumption until the goats start producing more again.  I was craving a quart a day, easily....that's why I supplemented with this other farmer's milk.  My toddler drank some of the brown specked milk too....he seems to be fine, I'm just more worried about the baby in vitro.  I was perusing on the internet and read some horror stories about stillbirths and miscarriages caused by listeria.  They say that there may not be any symptoms or very mild flu-like symptoms that may not appear for weeks.  I drank raw milk through my first two pregnancies, but really screwed up by not checking out this farmer first.      

post #7 of 9
I wonder if it could be blood? I did a search and that is quite common if the cow has mastitis or is in a phase of increasing milk supply.
post #8 of 9
I've never experienced this, but our supplier has a super tight operation. You need to confirm whether or not they have a closed system, how they clean it, etc. - flecks of anything are not acceptable. We bought from a farm once that used/re-used mason jars. I can't worry about whether or not they properly sterilize the jars. Our supplier uses new, sterile HDPE jugs and will not accept them back. Not as green, but certainly more safe.
post #9 of 9

i've been running a  raw milk group for almost a decade.  the farmer i get it from now runs a very dirty operation.  we never get sick from  it though-and i've drunk plenty of spoiled milk.  i've been looking for a new farm for 2 years now with no luck!  it's frustrating, the last farm i used was perfectly clean and the milk lasted 3 weeks.




the strainer that they strain milk through has a place for a paper filter to be clamped in it...probably the filter slipped.  another possibility is iodine crystals....many farmers wash udders with an iodine solution. 

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