Several West Virginia legislators drank raw milk and became ill. But was the milk the culprit? Pasteurizing milk produced by dairy cows, such as these, kills bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses. / Florida Food & Farm file photo courtesy University of Florida/IFAS

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Raw milk is a controversial topic; the U.S. Food & Drug Administration contends that drinking unpasteurized milk is unnecessarily dangerous, and as a result it’s banned in much of the country. Proponents claim that raw milk is healthier and sometimes just use it as a way to assert their right to eat or drink whatever they want.

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Lawmakers Drink Raw Milk To Celebrate Its Legality, Become Immediately Sick