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Indiana Board of Animal Health Makes Raw Milk Recommendations

November 30, 2012
By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor

The Indiana Board of Animal Health has finalized its report on the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk and has offered two options to state legislators for clarifying the law.

Individuals are circumventing Indiana law by obtaining raw milk from dairy farmers through cow or herd share arrangements and pet food sales.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health believes distributing raw milk for human consumption will increase the risk someone will become ill from the consumption. But the Board recognizes the decision to authorize the sale of raw milk is a political decision. So it has offered legislators two options:

Option A would maintain current law and clarify the statute requiring all persons producing milk pasteurize it prior to direct sale to consumers.

Option B would be to allow limited direct sales from farmers to consumers, but also require the Board of Animal Health to establish strict sanitation standards for raw milk producers.

More on the report can be read here

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