JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 3, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi House would legalize limited raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect.
Rep. Dan Eubanks (R-Walls) introduced House Bill 12 (HB12) on Jan. 2. The legislation would legalize raw milk sales direct from producer to consumer on the farm, or at a farmer’s market. Under the law, the seller would be required to provide “adequate notice to potential consumers of the inherent risks associated with the consumption of unprocessed products.”
Under current Mississippi law, it is only legal to sell raw goat milk from farms with fewer than nine goats directly to the consumer. Sale of raw cow milk is completely prohibited.
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), providing that, “no person shall cause …
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