WI Governor Struggles Approving Raw Milk Bill

Governor Walker cites child safety as a primary concern

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said he would have trouble signing the state’s raw milk bill because he is concerned both about the safety of children and the integrity of the state’s dairy industry, according to Food Safety News. The governor stated this at Wisconsin Ag Connection, the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association’s annual meeting.

Current law in Wisconsin prohibits the free sell of raw milk. The bill in question, passed by the state’s Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues, on November 12, 2013, would “make it legal for dairy farmers to freely sell unpasteurized product directly to consumers on the farm,” according to Food Safety News. The product would still have to meet testing requirements.

The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association has urged the governor to veto the bill because it believes the bill will pose an unnecessary risk to children while also jeopardizing the integrity of the state’s dairy production. While denouncing the bill, Walker stated that he worries about the “dangers of pathogens found in raw milk” such as E. coli and Campylobacter.

For more information, visit: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/wisconsin-governor-tells-dairy-industry-raw-milk-is-tough-sell/#.UqHxKGRDuqx

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