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MN Lawmakers Propose Easier Rules For Raw Milk

CowsST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Some legislators say it should be easier for Minnesota consumers to buy raw milk, a position that puts them at odds with health regulators and most of the state’s dairy industry.

Companion bills introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate on Thursday would legalize direct farm-to-consumer sales of unpasteurized milk at farmers markets, as well as deliveries to private homes and private buying clubs. Current state law allows sales of unpasteurized milk only at the farms that produce it.

No action is scheduled so far.

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association, which represents farmers who pasteurize their milk, is already lining up against the bills. Its executive director, Bob Lefebvre,  says easing the rules would be dangerous.

Health officials say unpasteurized milk is a serious health risk.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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