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Raw milk bill introduced

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow sales of unpasteurized (raw) milk to consumers, loosening current law that generally bars such sales. Wisconsin Medical Society Policy PUB-027 opposes legislation like Senate Bill 236 due to the long history of illnesses related to consumption of raw milk products. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues, chaired by Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center). Sen. Schultz is one of 14 co-sponsors of the legislation. No hearing has been scheduled.

Other members of the committee include Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar).

Under the bill, a farmer would be able to sell unpasteurized products if:

  • The product is put in a clean container.
  • The product is labeled as a raw milk product, and signs at the farm clearly state that the raw milk products sold are not pasteurized.
  • The milk product and water supply used for milk operations comply with current administrative code standards.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, or Chris Mambu Rasch in the Society’s Government Relations Department for more information.

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