The Wisconsin Medical Society once again joined more than a dozen other advocacy groups in asking state legislators not to support legislation that permits the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk in Wisconsin. In this letter under the umbrella of the Safe Milk Coalition, the Society and others oppose efforts to legalize the sale of raw milk because of the “substantial risk for serious infectious diseases,” particularly to children and infants, pregnant women, older adults and those with compromised immune systems.
The proposed legislation is being circulated by Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville) and Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau). This is the fifth time in the last six legislative biennia that a raw milk bill has been introduced in the state legislature. Bills failed to pass in 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2011-2012, while legislation passed both houses in 2009 but was vetoed by then-Gov. James E. Doyle. No such legislation was introduced in the 2007-2008 session.
Earlier this year, the Society and other Safe Milk Coalition partners sent a similar letter to state lawmakers. Details are in this Medigram article.
Wisconsin Medical Society Policy PUB-027 opposes expansion of raw milk sales. Physicians who wish to express their opinion on the legislation can confirm the contact information for their State Senate and State Assembly representatives by clicking here. E-mail Chris Rasch in the Society’s Government Relations Department for more information.
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