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«A consumer can go to the store and buy a litre of gin or a carton of cigarettes, but you can`t buy a gallon of milk from a farmer,» Hundt says. «This is absurd and symptomatic of a society that doesn`t trust its citizens and has abandoned the idea that people are free and should make these decisions for themselves.» The measure, co-funded by Grothman and Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, would allow farmers to sell raw milk directly to consumers. Pridemore says he is open to adding testing requirements to the bill, which are currently lacking. See David E. Gumpert`s excellent discussion of this case from 22. June: «The bill should include appropriate safeguards to protect public health and the integrity of our state`s iconic industry, while allowing consumers to purchase raw milk directly from farmers,» said Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie. The Raw Milk Act, introduced in May, omits many of the safety regulations recommended in a 261-page report by the Raw Milk Policy Task Force. Members include 22 Wisconsin dairy experts with a variety of opinions on raw milk, including academics, public health officials and representatives from DATCP, dairy and cheese producers, and farm groups.

Grassway Organics worked diligently to get listed by the Raw Milk Institute, develop its own risk assessment and management plan, and even set up its own on-farm bacteria testing lab. They frequently test their milk to make sure it meets common RAWMI standards for low-risk raw milk. Grassway Organics will be a great addition to the Raw Milk Institute farming community. How many of the 28 disease outbreaks in 2010 were also caused by milk destined for pasteurization? How many of these 28 outbreaks were caused by dairies that were subject to strict regulations and taking appropriate safety precautions? Well, anyone who knows anything about dairy production knows that unpasteurized commercial milk is dangerous. That`s why many people repeat on this blog and elsewhere that there are two raw milks in this country. A number of studies show that unpasteurized milk destined for processing plants is likely to contain pathogens. Milwaukee passed a pasteurization ordinance in 1920, and between 1949 and 1957, the legislature passed a series of laws requiring dairy merchants to be licensed and sell only pasteurized milk, prohibiting the sale of raw milk by farmers, and requiring that milk sold to the public meet Class A standards designed to promote the production of sanitary milk. As of April 2016, the sale of raw milk in stores in 13 states is legal.

17 states allow the sale of raw milk only on farms; 8 of the states that prohibit the sale allow the purchase of raw milk only through cow-sharing agreements; and 20 other states prohibit the sale of raw milk. He says it is impossible to keep cow soils, milking machines and udders completely free of manure contamination. Bacteria can enter milk at different stages, including during milking, when it is introduced into the bulk tank or during dosing. Cows can also become infected by grooming each other, he says. Raw milk may contain pathogenic bacteria intended to be killed by the pasteurization process. Wisconsin law allows the «accidental» sale of raw dairy products to farm workers or visitors who buy on an ad hoc basis. These products include buttermilk, kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, butter and cheese. «You can`t buy your children lead toys from China, you can`t serve them powdered milk containing melamine,» he says.

«Society and the government have decided that there are limits to parenting, and in my opinion, this should be one of them.» The farmer also explained that 200 years ago, raw milk was all someone drank and they didn`t all get terminally ill, so what happened? «Most other diseases associated with raw milk did not appear until after industrialization. Suddenly, before they understood sanitation, they had milk coming from everywhere to a central location, then bottled and distributed. The workers were not clean, the situation was not clean, they did not use clean water. They didn`t disinfect afterwards because no one understood it. She said that because of the poor hygiene protocol, more illnesses automatically appeared in people drinking the milk. A statement from Republican Gov. Scott Walker`s office says it would support legislation allowing the limited sale of raw milk in Wisconsin, provided certain safeguards are in place. The authors of the new law do not believe that legalizing the sale of raw milk poses a threat to public health. The second exception, under which licensed and unlicensed dairies could sell raw milk, would be the accidental sale of raw milk on the farm, an exception created by state lawmakers more than 60 years ago. The 2008 Order in Council states that «a sale is not accidental if it is made in the ordinary course of business or precedes an advertisement, offer or solicitation in the ordinary course of business, or if it is preceded by an advertisement, offer or solicitation to the general public through means of communication.» However, the law establishing the exemption of ancillary sales did not contain a prohibition on advertising. «These are recommendations that state health officials, the dairy industry in general and professional food processors would like to see in the bill,» Hundt said.

«Raw milk consumers and producers want to simplify it very radically and say that the only condition is that the milk goes directly from the farmer to the consumer.» It also begs the question, «If raw milk is so good for you, why is there such a gap?» I first asked my doctor about raw milk to find out what she thought about it, and she sent me the following email. «Personally, as a doctor, I certainly don`t recommend drinking raw milk because I`m afraid of transmitting many foodborne illnesses. Thank you very much! This led to the part of the episode where they told the story of a child who became very ill after drinking raw milk. However, our mysterious farmer raised a good point. «The problem is that if it was the milk that had been contaminated, hundreds of people would have fallen ill because of that milk, not five. It wasn`t milk, it was someone who didn`t wash their hands and didn`t contaminate a few bottles. Many officials, including Mazmanian, are particularly concerned about the possibility that children who are more susceptible to infections may consume raw milk. Last year, a similar health protection bill was defeated by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. At the time, the governor raised concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, which some consumers drink because of its perceived health benefits. Like many of the more than 15 farmers and consumers who came with Wickert to lobby, Grothman and Pridemore regularly drink raw milk. «I got very, very sick,» said Melissa Werner, 40, who drank raw milk at the event with her son Nathan, 10.

Both then suffered nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and high fever. Werner was ill for two weeks and lost 12 pounds. There is a marked ideological divide between those who support the legalization of raw milk and those who oppose it. Some supporters argue that the government should not restrict its food choices. Public health officials, meanwhile, say the risks associated with drinking raw milk require regulation, if not a complete ban. Under the 2011 law, farmers would have to put up signs indicating that they sell unpasteurized dairy products, but they would not have to put warnings on raw milk products or warn customers about the dangers of raw milk, as required by the previous bill. Concerns about unpasteurized milk date back to the late 1800s. As people moved from the countryside to the city, milk was transported longer distances and at higher temperatures. Many city dwellers, especially children, became ill and died after drinking contaminated milk. That question heightened urgency this month after bacteria in raw milk from an anonymous farm sickened at least 16 fourth-graders and their family members at a Racine County event, resulting in hospitalization. The June 3 After School Party was designed to celebrate food in Wisconsin.

DATCP acting secretary Randy Romanski has sought to help farmers by trying to improve access to slaughterhouses and markets. It has the opportunity to help dairy farmers by adopting an interpretation of raw milk exemptions that is more favourable to farmers` interests. With the increased demand for raw milk during Covid, the improvement in raw milk safety record in recent years, and the continued loss of dairy farms in the state, the time is now. What happened was that a relative of a Wisconsin dairy owner stopped by the farm a few weeks ago and filled a few jugs of milk from the dairy`s bulk tank without the owner`s knowledge. This individual attended a public school event where the milk was served.