BATON ROUGE, La. (March 6, 2018) – Bills prefiled in the Louisiana House and Senate would legalize limited raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward effectively nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect.
Sen. Eric LaFleur (D-Ville Platte) prefiled Senate Bill 188 (SB188) on Feb. 28. Rep. Malinda White (D – Bogalusa) introduced a companion bill (HB437) in the House. The legislation would allow farmers to sell unpasteurized cow and goat milk directly to consumers. The law would limit raw milk sales to an average of 500 gallons per month.
Current Louisiana law imposes a complete ban on the sale, transport and importation of raw milk or raw milk products.
SB29 would establish labeling requirements, and sellers would have to meet extensive and strict sanitary regulations under the law.
In 2016, a similar bill passed the Louisiana Senate but never received a committee hearing in the House.
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. …
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