Pasteurization has been used extensively for over a century to make milk safer and extend shelf life. However, some people criticize pasteurization and advocate consuming raw milk instead. Raw milk sales have become more common, in some cases in spite of laws intended to limit or prevent such practices. The American Association of Bovine Practitioners would like to ensure that consumers understand pasteurization so that they can make an informed decision when purchasing milk and dairy products. Click here to download and read the AABP Fact Sheet which will answer some common questions regarding pasteurization.