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ND bill would allow raw milk sales despite ‘inherent risks’

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A North Dakota bill that would allow producers to sell unpasteurized, raw milk direct to consumers says dairies won’t have to do anything to control “the inherent risks” and that people who buy the milk “assume the inherent risks,” including death. Sponsored by nine state representatives and two state senators — all Republicans — House… Continue Reading

NCSL Maps State Raw Milk Laws as 2015 Legislatures Reach Adjournment

Perhaps no other organization in the country is better positioned to know the best time for drawing a new map of current state raw milk laws and policies than the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The bipartisan group, based in Denver, closely tracks state and territorial legislative sessions, and it has chosen this moment… Continue Reading

Legislative Cutoff Dates Begin to Kill Raw Milk Bills

A bill to open the door to raw milk distribution in Wyoming was slammed shut after it missed a key cutoff date. It is unlikely the Wyoming Legislature will see any further action taken on Senate File 0112. Wyoming bans the sale of raw milk, but SF 0112 would have allowed holders of “small herd… Continue Reading

State Legislative Season Means Raw Milk Changes Are Possible

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The annual raw milk games are underway in state capitols around the country, with this year’s action centered in the Midwest and West. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the interstate sales of raw milk, each state is free to make its own decisions about raw milk sales within its own borders…. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

CDC Asks States To Consider Further Raw Milk Regulation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a letter to state health officials Wednesday outlining the dangers of raw milk consumption, and urged state lawmakers to consider further regulating raw milk sales. The letter stresses the fact that unpasteurized milk is likely to harbor foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Outbreak Could Stall New Jersey Raw Milk Bill

An inconveniently timed outbreak of Campylobacter infection 200 miles west of Trenton in Pennsylvania may trip up a bill to allow commercial sale of raw milk in New Jersey. Linda Doherty, president of the powerful New Jersey Food Council, took to the editorial pages of state’s newspapers Monday to caution lawmakers against making raw milk… Continue Reading