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Crohn's Disease: Bacterium Tied to Crohn's Disease to be Removed From Milk in the United Kingdom

Celiac.com 01/10/2001 - According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the UK, British health experts are exploring ways to eliminate a bacterium that has been linked to Crohns disease from the food chain. As reported by Reuters Health, scientists have warned of a widespread bacterium called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis that is the likely cause of the bowel disorder. This bacterium can survive the milks normal, or even prolonged pasteurization process.

Crohns disease, like ulcerative colitis, is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease with a number of symptoms, including severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and loss of weight. The scientists do not believe, however, that ulcerative colitis is caused by Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.

According to the FSA test results on UK samples, the bacterium is present in 1.9% of raw milk samples and 2.1% of pasteurized milk samples. According to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, there is no direct scientific proof of a link between the bacterium and Crohns disease, but they nevertheless believe that there is evidence of a link.

The committee has not given any advice on the consumption of milk, but believe that people need to reduce their exposure to the bacterium, and they intent to convene a conference to review ideas to create controls at all stages of the food chain to prevent the bacterium from contaminating the milk. Mycobacterium paratuberculosis is known to cause Johnes Disease in cud-chewing animals, so they will first look at ways to control this disease in animals, which will hopefully lead to a way to prevent it from entering the human food chain

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Rick
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26 Sep 2016 2:42:33 PM PST
There is a scientific paper put out in Canada 104 years ago that stated that Crohns, (and UC), are caused by the Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis. The dairy industry argued against this in the 60's saying milk is a health food and everyone should have access to it and buried the information, (move over cigarette companies). There's also a company, Agropour that make Natrel milk in Canada, which is pasteurized longer and hotter to rid the milk of this pathogen. I read a scientific paper out of England that a few years ago found 92% of Crohns and 96% of UC patients had this bacterial infection. Personally I think those are the same disease just in different locations. Some people in England are so sure Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis is the culprit that they are well on their way to human trials on a vaccine and in the USA they are in the third and final testing phase for an antibiotic treatment.




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