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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ind. Law - "Supporters say drinking 'raw milk' is about food freedom"

Updating earlier ILB entries on the sale of raw milk in Indiana, the Lafayette Journal Courier has a long story today by MaryJane Slaby adding content to the earlier reports. It begins:

Unpasteurized milk: It’s straight from the cow on the farm to the consumer’s glass without being heated to sterilize it with the intention of making it safer.

Sometimes it’s called “fresh milk,” but it’s more often known as “raw milk,” and Indiana is one of 20 states that prohibit the sale of raw milk for human consumption. And the legality of selling raw milk has become a hot topic both nationally and in Indiana.

“It’s not what it’s villain-ized to be,” said Linda Swihart, who supports the sale of raw milk. “Like any food, it can be done wrong.”

In the 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly, a bill failed that would allow the sale of raw milk from dairy farms with 20 or fewer cows.

And at the beginning of the month, a panel created by the Indiana Board of Animal Health gave its recommendations in a report concerning raw milk, saying allowing raw milk would lead to human illnesses, but was “ultimately a political decision.”

The report offered two choices: Allow limited sales of raw milk but with sanitary requirements the board would set, or toughen current laws to close loopholes such as cow-shares, which is currently a legal way to buy raw milk.

But what’s caused the debate surrounding raw milk to become such a hot topic? Why do people want to buy and drink unpasteurized milk? And what could happen if the failed bill is reintroduced in 2013?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 18, 2012 09:07 AM
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