Michael Gregor recently posted an article on FactoryFarming.com in regards to the recent finding of live paratuberculosis bacteria in retail milk purchased from stores in Wisconsin, California and Minnesota, proving that the organism can indeed survive pasteurization.
Dr. Hermon-Taylor, leading paratuberculosis researcher and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. George’s Medical School in London is concerned that there may be ”a public health disaster of tragic proportions."
Food poisoning kills thousands annually but most salmonella sufferers only experience acute self-limited episodes. Up to 15% who contract salmonella, however, go on to get serious joint inflammation that can last for years. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people suffer from arthritis arising directly from food borne infections each year in the United States.
One long-term complications of food poisoning is Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which infection with Campylobacter, a bacteria infecting up to 90% of Thanksgiving turkeys every year in the United States, can lead to one being paralyzed for months on a ventilator.
Some scientists now fear that an even more serious disease
may be infecting our food supply. The United States has the highest
incidence of Crohn’s disease in the world, a devastating lifelong
gastrointestinal condition. The United States also has the
highest incidence of a similar disease in cattle called
Johne’s disease. Johne’s disease is caused by a
bacteria called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, and more
evidence is accumulating that human Crohn’s disease may be caused by this bacteria as well.