Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales, Take Step to Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme

HONOLULU, Hawaii,  (Dec. 11, 2017) – During the 2018 legislative session, the Hawaii House will consider a bill that would legalize raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect.

A bipartisan coalition of 13 representatives introduced House Bill 257 (HB257) last January. The legislation would legalize retail sale of raw milk and raw milk products in Hawaii. It would also allow consumers to obtain raw milk through herd-share agreements. The bill includes labeling requirements and prohibits the sale of raw milk more than 120 hours after milking.

Under current law, raw milk sales are completely prohibited in Hawaii.

Last January, the House Committee on Agriculture voted to defer the bill. It will now carry over into the 2018 regular session.

Impact on Federal Prohibition

FDA officials insist that unpasteurized milk poses a health risk because of its susceptibility to contamination from cow manure, a source of E. coli.

“It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” agency spokeswoman Tamara N. Ward said in November 2011.

The FDA’s position represents more than a matter of opinion. In 1987, the feds implemented 21 CFR 1240.61(a), …

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