Here in California, we have had recent recalls of raw milk from large dairies due to serious bacterial contaminants found in marketed milk--and they have also occurred in other states too.
The basic problem with our food system....whether it's raw milk, hamburger, raw vegetables stuff gets out without apparent testing and then gets recalled. Why wouldn't there be a system in place to test prior to distribution? We seem to put the horse behind the cart altogether too often.
To use recalls of raw milk as a reason (or case #67) to ban raw milk sales, you would also have to advocate the ban of raw beef, vegetables etc etc. It would be better to institute some form of testing process or certification process that is in place prior to distribution.
Organic vegetables are much more likely (due to the use of "alternate" fertilizers) to contain pathogens, and yet the use of chemicals is not preferable for long term maintenance of the soil, not to mention potential side effects of consumption.
Having grown an organic garden for years, I can attest to both the benefits as well as the problems associated with "going organic". Much easier for the small gardener to implement as opposed to a larger farm.
Just an FYI...I personally do not drink raw milk (nor do I drink pasteurized milk), but I do think that those who want to (or to make cheese with it
) should have access. I am also horrified by the growing use of ultra-pasteurization by the dairy industry.