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Cow Share Agreements Will Start Raw Milk Flow in Wyoming

Regulations that will likely result in more people getting sick are the regulations most people want, says Dean Finkenbinder, consumer health services manager for Wyoming’s Agriculture Department.

He is referring to language the department plans to send to the Attorney General, making it legal for cow shareowners to acquire the raw milk. It is the most controversial part of a year-long overhaul of food safety rules in the Cowboy State.

Until now, sole ownership of cows has been the law in Wyoming, meaning sharing any raw milk produced with others was illegal.

But at every public meeting on the new food safety rules, cow share supporters have shown up to make their case and Finkenbinder now says, “that’s the direction we’re going.”

There are a couple of steps remaining. Rule changes first go to the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and there is time for comment by the Legislative Service Office. Finally, they will require the signature of Gov. Matt Mead before they can into effect.

If Gov. Mead goes along — and it’s likely he will since his Ag Department wants the changes — it will be a victory for State Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse. It was her idea to pursue the somewhat subtle change to just get cow shares made legal.

Wallis in the past introduced legislation to make raw milk sales legal in Wyoming, but has since gone with this more stepped approach.

The Wyoming Health Department continues to warn that raw milk carries a risk for harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites along with several foodborne diseases. It wants to ensure that those getting into cow share agreements know the risks.

Raw milk advocates like Wallis argue there are health benefits to the beverage and economic advantages for almost the entirety of rural Wyoming.

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  • Survival of the fittest

    I have had it with the controversy over raw milk. If people want raw milk allow them to drink all the want.
    Oh so raw milk is so healthy for them and it has so many more vitamins and mineral and pathogens that pasteurized milk has (not a true statement) but I don’t care anymore. Let’s let survival of the fittest or at least those with half a brain survive on pasteurized milk while the raw milk drinkers get sick and their chances of survival diminish. Clean the gene pool please.
    However, there should be some rules. If an adult decides to drink unpasteurized milk find and dandy, but if the adult give unpasteurized milk to their children who are not able to make educated decisions about what goes into their bodies and the child becomes sick from the pathogens in the unpasteurized milk then Mommy and Daddy get a free trip to jail for reckless endangerment of a minor.
    If as a parent you can’t read and educated your self on the dangers of unpasteurized milk then you should be held accountable and fully responsibility for illness arising in your offspring from the ingestion of “RAW” unpasteurized milk.
    Further, the argument that in past history society was so much healthier than it is now due to their diet and the abundance of raw milk….well lets look at the facts: their life expectancy was about 40 years of age in the early 1900. Many died of unknown fevers and ailments that were untreatable without antibiotics. You think any of those deaths could have been contributed to drink raw milk…come on think about it. Even worse the children died at a much higher rate the infant mortality rate was about 97.3 deaths per 1,000 live births per the Centers for Disease Control for the same early 1900s time period.
    Even way back then, the CDC has records of responsible parents “Before the invention and acceptance of pasteurization, raw milk was a common source of the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, diphtheria, severe streptococcal infections, typhoid fever, and other foodborne illnesses. These illnesses killed many people each year, especially young children. In the 1900s many mothers recognized this risk and would boil milk (bringing it to a temperature of 212°F) before giving it to their infants and young children. Before the invention and acceptance of pasteurization, raw milk was a common source of the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, diphtheria, severe streptococcal infections, typhoid fever, and other foodborne illnesses. These illnesses killed many people each year, especially young children. In the 1900s many mothers recognized this risk and would boil milk (bringing it to a temperature of 212°F) before giving it to their infants and young children.” http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-index.html
    The CDC also gives you a wealth of studies on the consumption of unpasteurized or RAW milk. But of course you would have to be opened minded and willing to concede that some risk out weigh the benefit if any benefit exist…and we already know that is not a like scenario with the raw milk band wagon. So just give them the raw milk and let the pathogen grow where they may…please. I am sick of hearing how entities like states, public health workers, The FDA, The CDC, and The NIH are trying to keep these guys alive let them decide and let natural selection take care of the problem.
    I have provided information on drinking raw milk if you have a bit of common sense check out the facts especially before you give to a child.
    http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0221_raw_milk_outbreak.html
    http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/nonpasteurized-outbreaks.html
    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/rawmilk/
    http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/consumers/ucm079516.htm
    http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/productspecificinformation/milksafety/ucm122062.htm
    http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/raw_milk_3.html
    http://www.realrawmilkfacts.com/

    • Could be the most ignorant comment I’ve ever read.    Congratulations!!!

    • Jesse Gomez

      What a load of horsecrap.  You obviously haven’t tried raw milk.

  • BB

    Why does the government let us eat raw fruit and vegtables but not raw milk? We should be able to eat/drink whatever we want. Why are we bad parents if we give our kids raw milk, but it’s alright to give them cantelope?

    • Jesse Gomez

      Not only that, but processed food do contain pathogens and bacteria.  This issue is the same as trying to ban certain guns just because a few people died from those guns.  As if anything else in the world can’t kill us.