Officials are advising that mare’s milk should be heat treated to kill Brucella, despite the low risk of brucellosis in Germany.

The joint opinion from Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) assessed to what extent brucellosis infection can occur in horses in Germany and other brucellosis-free countries. They looked at if it is excreted by infected horses through milk and how to classify the risk of infection from non-heat treated horse milk.

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