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A Legal History of Raw Milk in the United States

In “A Legal History of Raw Milk in the United States,” an article for the Journal of Environmental Health, I begin with a quote from Winston Churchill: “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.”

Milk safety and the laws and regulations that have evolved to protect consumers from becoming ill from drinking milk produced in unsanitary conditions.  Although laws and regulations are in place, the sale of raw milk continues to be legal, in some form or another, in almost half the country’s states, and the attendant risk of raw milk-related outbreaks therefore also continues to be present.

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