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July 2, 2008 NC - VICTORY -
PET MILK DYE RULE REVERSED!

HB 2524 UNANIMOUSLY PASSES THE SENATE -
WE WON !!!!!!!!

NORTH CAROLINA RAW MILK ACTION ALERT
From Ruth Ann Foster,
Greensboro, NC Chapter Leader,
Raw Milk Coordinator

July 2, 2008

I have just received word from Representative Pricey Harrison that the Senate unanimously passed HB 2524.  (Yesterday, it passed unanimously out of the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee.)  We have successfully reversed the dye rule.

While this bill preserves a freedom we already had, it is still a victory. During the campaign, we developed many relationships increasing awareness and support.  Numerous legislators have expressed an interest in creating a bill for legal access to raw milk for human consumption.  The Agriculture Department has also stated its desire to work on this issue.  As you are aware, legalizing raw milk will require a tremendous effort.  Convincing the Public Health Department will be a difficult task.

Another victory in HB 2524 is clarification of the exemption of unpasteurized milk from the commercial feed law.  The Agriculture Department cannot force pet milk producers to become licensed as commercial feed manufactures.  Sounds ridiculous but this has been their practice.  Our compromise is to label containers with, "Not for Human Consumption" and "The Sale of Raw Milk is Not Legal for Human Consumption in North Carolina". With all the duct tape that labeling will require, there is no need for gray dye!

ACTIONS TO TAKE
Please take a moment to thank our representatives and senators, especially Rep. Pricey Harrison.  She has performed a miracle getting this through in record time.  Pricey told me as we began working, that disapproval bills rarely pass.  It was because of her tenacity and political skill that HB
2524 succeeded.

Consider your proposals for legalizing raw milk.  Email me with your comments and suggestions.  We can use these to work with our legislators before next session.   Ideally, we will meet together in an open forum. 

Thank you all for your hard work and the success of HB 2524.

Happy Fourth of July!