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Final calls AND FAXES to the Governor's Capitol and District Offices needed now!

Now that the unprecedented budget impasse is finally coming to an end, SB 201 - The Fresh Raw Milk Act of 2008 - will be headed to the Governor's desk along with over 800 other bills that were being withheld in the Legislature.  We need him to know our bill and hear our voices in support of clean, safe, fresh raw milk in California.

Please call and fax both his Capitol office and one of the 5 district offices below that is closest to you.  We have been experiencing some delays getting through to the main phone at the Capitol office, so we are asking you to use faxed letters and to also contact the district offices.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )

Fresno Office
2550 Mariposa Mall #3013
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-445-5295
Fax: 559-445-5328

Los Angeles Office
300 South Spring Street
Suite 16701
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-897-0322
Fax: 213-897-0319

Riverside Office
3737 Main Street #201
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: 951-680-6860
Fax: 951-680-6863

San Diego Office
1350 Front Street
Suite 6054
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-525-4641
Fax: 619-525-4640

San Francisco Office
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Suite 14000
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-703-2218
Fax: 415-703-280

SB 201: Fresh Milk Act of 2008 - The Details

Senator Dean Florez said it best when he held hearings on Farm Fresh Milk in April of this year. He said we want "World Class Raw Milk for California." SB 201, sponsored by Senator Florez, Senator Perata and Assembly member Berryhill accomplishes just that.

SB 201 starts its abbreviated journey through the legislative process this week. With six hours of Senate hearings and testimony from experts from around the world, the Senate record on raw milk is strong.  Because of the tremendous amount of work by Senator Dean Florez, Senator Don Perata, Assemblyman Mike Villines, Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, Whole Foods President Walter Robb, Sally Fallon, Dr. Ron Hull, Dr. Ted Beals and many others, this world class Raw Milk bill has gathered broad political support. 

SB 201 pioneers standards and regulatory protections that are the first in the nation, are holistic in addressing every critical process in the dairy, and provide greater protections for consumers than the standards currently in law.  It promotes consumer choice in California by keeping raw milk available on store shelves, while at the same time increasing food safety protections to ensure that the raw milk sold in California is the safest in the nation. 

For the first time in the United States, SB 201 mandates a HACCP (food safety) plan at California's raw milk dairies.  This type of individualized food safety plan is presently utilized by food processors in other industries in California, and was deemed to be the best alternative to promote raw milk food safety by scientists at our recent hearing.

SB 201 provides for at least eight times more testing for E. Coli 0157:H7, standard plate count, and coliforms as each raw milk dairy is required to provide an independent  lab product samples at least twice per week.  There is presently no such requirement in California law.  In the past, CDFA has performed simple tests that were used as indicators that harmful pathogens may be present.  SB 201 instead requires the CDFA to test directly for the pathogens that cause illness in humans at least once per month.  CDFA may take raw milk samples from any location deemed appropriate.  Testing directly for pathogens provides a more accurate picture of what is contained in the final product.

Finally, this bill prohibits raw milk dairies from receiving milk from other dairies that do not meet these stringent requirements.

These innovative food safety measures, when taken in their entirety, provide multiple layers of protection to our consumers, ensuring that California continues to be the leader in raw milk food safety.

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