Question: What is the difference between raw milk and pasteurized milk?
Answer: Raw milk is bottled directly from the animal. Pasteurized milk has gone through a rigorously timed process of heating and cooling to specified temperatures in properly maintained and operated equipment. Pasteurization kills potentially harmful bacteria.
Question: Does “organic” pasteurized milk differ from regular cow’s milk.
Answer: Organic milk has the same composition, nutritional value, and wholesomeness or safety as regular homogenized milk. Rather, it is normal milk obtained from organically pastured cows under the “Organic Food and Production Act of 1990.”
Question: Where can I find additional information about milk and milk product safety?
Question: Can my well become contaminated with bacteria?
Answer: Yes! Well water has no disinfectant. Even one microbe can grow and contaminate the well and the entire water distribution system. Simply opening an unpressurized plumbing system for repair, or opening a faucet while the well pump is turned off, may cause back-siphoning of contaminated water and air at the tap resulting in the contamination of the entire plumbing system. You must keep your faucet aerators clean and free of scale, and replace corroded spigots; chlorine cannot reach bacteria hiding there. Keep taps closed during power outages. If draining pipes for plumbing repair or winterizing, the system must be shock chlorinated when placed back in service.
Question: What should I do if my well water tests “Unsatisfactory” for bacterial contamination?
Answer: Bacterial contamination of a residential well and plumbing system requires disinfection by shock chlorination with unscented household laundry chlorine bleach. Saint Louis County Health will provide instructions along with the test results.
Question: How often should I test my well water?
Answer: Saint Louis County Department of Health recommends that you test your well water yearly, or after plumbing work, power outages, flooding, or you notice a change in water quality. If your water tests “Unsatisfactory”, The Environmental Health Laboratories will provide you with instruction on disinfecting your well and distribution system by shock-chlorination. Your water is safe to drink when it tests “Satisfactory”.
Question: Where can I pick up a sample bottle for water testing?
Answer: Sample bottles and instructions for taking water samples may be picked up from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations: