Bills that would allow the sale of raw milk directly from farms have passed in both South Dakota and West Virginia this month.
Brownfield Ag News reports South Dakota passed legislation earlier this month, and that the South Dakota Department of Agriculture must first come up with regulations governing raw milk sales.
Marv Post, president of the South Dakota Dairy Producers, tells Brownfield they were not opposed to the continued sales of raw milk, “We felt that that was an individual’s right. But, we were very concerned about the increased health problems, health risks, with raw milk.” Read Brownfield’s full report here.
West Virginia’s House of Delegates passed the measure 81-19 on Tuesday, and the state Senate had approved it on a close vote last month. Consumers would have to buy milk directly from farms, and would require them to have ownership in the cows.
Doctors would also be required to report any illnesses that result from the consumption of raw milk to state health officials. Read the full Herald-Dispatch report here.