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Whole Foods Market(R) Hosts Senator Dean Florez (16th District) and Martin Sheen To Make the Case for Raw Milk: The Fresh Raw Milk Act of 2008 (Senate Bill 201)

Last update: 7:16 p.m. EDT Sept. 8, 2008

Sep 08, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Whole Foods Market:

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Senator Dean Florez, State of California, 16th District
Martin Sheen, Actor, Activist, Long-time raw milk drinker
Mark McAfee, Organic Pastures Dairy Company, Founder and CEO
Christine Chessen, California Real Milk Association (CREMA), Founder
Collette Cassidy, Claravale Dairy

Senator Florez (the bill's sponsor) joins two leading raw milk processors, a natural and organic foods retailer and notable long-time raw milk drinkers to make a public plea on why this innovative piece of legislation must safely make it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk.

Once passed, this bill will protect the right for Californians to make a purchasing choice and serve as a model for other states to follow.

The Fresh Raw Milk Act of 2008, Senate Bill 201, creates a new system for the regulation of raw milk in California. Pioneers standards and regulatory protections that are the first in the nation and provides greater food safety protections for consumers than what is currently required in the law Promotes consumer choice in California by keeping raw milk available on store shelves

"Raw milk is a small part of our dairy section but is an important choice for many of our shoppers. Senate Bill 201 represents an opportunity for California to set a new standard for the nation while balancing the rigorous demands of public safety, public health and consumer choice," said Walter Robb, Whole Foods Market co-president and COO. "Additionally, this bill will finally guarantee the future of raw milk and ensure that consumers will continue to have the choice to purchase fresh, high quality raw milk for their families. We are very appreciative of Senator Florez's efforts to bring this bill forward and urge Governor Schwarzenegger to sign it."

September 9, 2008 -- 2:00 pm

Whole Foods Market
225 Lincoln Avenue (at Rose)
Venice, CA 90291 (310) 566-9480

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


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