Should Vt. Abolish Sales Limits on Raw Milk?
Article from WCAX.com
Montpelier, Vermont - April 8, 2009
Vermont lawmakers will soon take up a bill that would abolish limits on the sale of raw milk.
Farmers can currently sell up to 50 quarts of raw milk a day. That's double the amount that used to be allowed.
Supporters say the bill would allow struggling farmers to make more money in the depressed milk market, but state agriculture officials argue the limits are in place to protect public safety.
"We don't want to stifle business. That's not our intent, but certainly you've seen the salmonella issue with peanuts, you've seen it with spinach, you've seen it with meat, you've seen it with milk. Our role as a state is to protect public safety," Vt. Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee said.
Three Vermonters were sickened by E.coli last fall after drinking raw milk at a picnic.
Keagan Harsha - WCAX News