UPDATE: Walker Reiterates Concerns About Raw Milk

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Wed 3:06 PM, Oct. 02, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker still isn't sold on raw milk.
Walker spoke about his reservations Wednesday when asked about the issue at the World Dairy Expo in Madison. A bill to legalize on-farm raw milk sales in Wisconsin has been introduced in the Legislature and has bipartisan support.

Walker says he will look at the proposal, but he wants to make certain that any consideration revolves around protecting Wisconsin's $2.6 billion dairy industry.

Walker says the effects of legalizing raw milk must be looked at both from the impact on the farm industry and public health concerns.

Supporters of legalizing raw milk sales say it has health benefits and is safe, but opponents say not pasteurizing milk needlessly puts people's health at risk and jeopardizes Wisconsin's dairy industry.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 9:17 AM, Sept 17, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are again debating whether residents should be allowed to get milk straight from the cow.

A state Senate committee heard testimony Monday in La Crosse on a bill that would allow farmers to sell unpasteurized milk directly to consumers. Retail sales in grocery stores would still be banned.

Supporters tout the taste and health benefits of raw milk. But opponents argue that unpasteurized milk is a hazard to public health and to Wisconsin's $2.6 billion dairy industry.

Democratic state Rep. Chris Danou of Trempealeau told the committee the bill offers guidelines for what is already happening.

But the La Crosse Tribune reports a spokesman for the Safe Milk Coalition said the group would oppose any new legislation making it easier to sell raw milk.

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