To sassitap, you are not going to get any flack from me. Quite frankly there is way too much fear around raw food that is being perpetuated by such auspicious bodies as the CDC, FDA, USDA not to mention associations like the AMA. I was going to stay out of this thread but the fear (false evidence appearing real) surrounding raw food has been largely disproved yet for some reason (could it be financial-??) the myth is still being perpetuated by these institutions and of course the media.
To alsoSarah, I would have absolutely no problem in giving my child unpasteurized cider, although I wouldn't give them a whole lot because it is basically sugar. Heck, my children consume raw juice, raw eggs, raw fish and meat (well, my 13 year old will eat raw meat), raw milk, raw cream, raw butter and (shock horror) raw unheated honey. And they have never once had any form of bacterial poisoning from these foods.
The deaths reported to be microbial food-poisoning in most cases are not. The symptoms they describe are symptoms of anaphylaxis or an extreme allergic reaction (usually to medication) or drug-damage or poisoning. Very rarely someone will die from dehydration or excessive bleeding caused by a ruptured stomach or bowel from violent vomit or diarrhea. "Pathogens" may even be found in the diarrhea but that does not mean they were the cause. We have salmonella and E. coli naturally inhabiting our gut anyway. Bacteria are absolutely everywhere; our bodies rely on these microbes to function healthily. The supposition that the very young or very old are more susceptible to "pathogens" is also quite simply false.
We need to realize we have been sold a bill of goods by the USDA, FDA, CDC and Congress. The banning of unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices was largely the result of one little girl dying from drinking orange juice containing E. coli. The evidence was entirely circumstantial. However, it was used to deprive our children of another healthy vitamin and enzyme rich food source.
Rant over, getting down from my