Raw milk remains popular, despite illnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The popularity of unpasteurized raw milk remains strong despite warnings from public health officials about its dangers and outbreaks of bacterial infections.

In the latest case untreated contaminated milk from a Pennsylvania farm has sickened 38 people on the East Coast. It's a reminder of the risks of consuming milk bottled straight from the cow.

The confirmed cases of campylobacter bacterial infection include 31 people in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, two in West Virginia and one in New Jersey.

The government says unpasteurized milk is unsafe because of pathogens cows may encounter on the farm.

But supporters of the raw product ranging from libertarian-minded people like Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul to so-called real food advocates say the government shouldn't dictate what people eat and drink.