A group of food-safety advocates from a broad spectrum of backgrounds has launched realrawmilkfacts.com to provide potential consumers with information about unpasteurized milk.    The website draws contributions from "Scientists, food safety advocates and health educators from universities, government, industry, and professional organizations."  

There have been numerous media reports lately of the growing popularity of raw milk. Also growing has been the debate over the true risks and benefits associated with the product.  The website is designed to address that controversy:

While on the surface raw milk might sound like a healthy alternative to the commercial product, the pasteurization process was developed to eradicate potentially deadly pathogens such as E. coli 0157:H7, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, which can be transferred into milk from the animal and farm surroundings.

The site is also designed to provide updated coverage of raw-milk issues, including contamination outbreaks and related recalls.