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Dairy farmers worrying about proposed milk rules

Associated Press

Article from the Hartford Curant

CANTERBURY, Conn. - Many Connecticut dairy farmers say they worry that proposed new state rules on raw milk could put them out of business.

The state Department of Agriculture wants more stringent warnings on containers of unpasteurized milk, more testing and limits on where the product can be sold.

Officials say it's intended to better inform consumers about the risks of drinking raw milk, and to help consumers avoid accidentally buying it if they think they are buying pasteurized milk.

Several dairy farmers say they understand the concerns, but that the unfunded mandate would be so costly that it could force them to shut down.

It also would restrict their income by limiting sales to farms only, not the scores of retail outlets with whom the dairy farmers currently do business.


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