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Montana House OKs some raw milk sales, sends bill to Senate

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With strong support from Republican members, the Montana House of Representatives approved a bill to allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk by more than a two-to-one margin this week. Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 now goes to the Montana Senate for consideration. Balance, a Republican, joined with 55 other members of the GOP… Continue Reading

Montana House committee OKs raw milk bill by 12-11 vote

A bill that would allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in Montana is scheduled for a second reading before the state’s full House of Representatives today after earning committee approval by a one-vote margin. The House has until March 30 to advance Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 to the Montana Senate for consideration…. Continue Reading

Montana lawmaker again pushing for unpasteurized milk sales

Against the recommendations of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a state representative is trying for a third time to muster support for legalizing the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in the state. Introduced by Rep. Nancy Ballance, a Republican, House Bill 325 would allow herd- and animal-share programs to distribute raw… Continue Reading

Update: Montana E. coli outbreak sickens 36 people from 9 states

Update: The Dawson County Health Department in Glendive, MT, reported late Tuesday that there are now more than 36 people from nine states reported ill in connection with this outbreak, and that at least seven of them have been hospitalized. As of Tuesday, no new cases have been reported in Dawson County; however, there are… Continue Reading

Montana’s Revised Cottage Food Law Kicked in Oct. 1

After much study and discussion, Montana’s revised cottage food law finally went into effect Oct. 1, 2015. The revision is courtesy of House Bill 478, which passed the 2015 legislative session earlier this year. Among other provisions, it expanded the types of foods legally allowed to be made at home and sold in person at a public or… Continue Reading