I wouldn't necessarily trust the USDA :-). The history of government-approved milk is so gross! Once upon a time, the typical family had their own cow in a clean pasture. They drank raw milk and had no problems. The trouble came when people moved to cities and milk became a mass-production thing. Cows were suddenly kept in nasty, disease-ridden urban factories. Their milk became unhealthy. Thus Pasteurization became a hit. Milk manufacturers actually added chalk and other white stuff to thicken the low-quality city milk... I could go on. I think that if you trust the source of your raw milk, and you don't have special health issues, then drinking raw milk makes more sense than drinking the other stuff. Pasteurization kills many benefits of milk.