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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ind. Law - "Indiana Holding 'Virtual Public Hearing' on Raw Milk Sales"

That is the heading to Dan Flynn's story today in Food Safety News. It begins:

Driving to Indianapolis for a public hearing about raw milk in the heat of the season is probably the last thing Hoosiers want to do this summer.

Instead the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is conducting a three month long "virtual public hearing" on the sale of raw milk. The virtual public hearing got under way June 1 and will not be over until the first of September.

The Indiana General Assembly gave health board's 11 members, including six veterinarians, the job of studying raw milk over the summer. BOAH has a December 1 deadline for submitting its report in order for it to be in time for the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

"As we began planning our strategy for writing this report, we wanted to find a way for every Hoosier to participate," said Terry Philibeck, BOAH's dairy division manager. "Because attending public hearings can be a challenge to busy schedules and people geographically scattered across the state, we decided to host a 'virtual' public hearing to gather input."

Here is the Indiana State Board of Animal Health webpage stating:
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is accepting comments on raw milk consumption and sales. You are not required to attend a meeting to give your input. Feel free to submit your comments; however, please note anonymous comments will not be accepted. Consider this your virtual public hearing.

From June 1 to September 1, the public will be able to use the online submission page to contribute ideas and suggestions as well as input on the subject of the sale of raw milk.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 20, 2012 10:52 AM
Posted to Indiana Law