LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A bill that would legalize the sale of unpasteurized – also known as raw – milk has made its way to the state senate.
The bill would allow dairy farmers to register with the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection directly, and sell raw milk and milk products directly to consumers on their farm.
Opponents of the bill from the state's dairy industry and medical community spoke at UW-L Monday saying consuming raw milk is a threat to public health and Wisconsin's $26 billion dairy industry.
The La Crosse County Health Department said people who drink unpasteurized milk are at greater risk of consuming bacteria, pesticides and potential viruses.
A concern shared by the Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition.
"When you grow up on a farm you get used to a lot of immunity and you're not protecting yourself completely. So dairy farmers speaking out against this is telling because it says that they want to make sure their product stays safe and that it is inherently dangerous," said Shawn Pfaff, a spokesperson, Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition.
Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, who introduced the bill, told News 19, "The most educated health conscience people in my district drink raw milk. It's good for a variety of ailments and people of all ages. It's recommended by chiropractors, nutritionists and other health care professionals."
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