Now in Effect: North Carolina Law Takes First Step to Legalize Raw Milk

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2018) – Last week, the North Carolina legislature overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a farm bill that includes provisions legalizing limited raw milk for human consumption in the state. This takes a first step towards nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in practice.

I bipartisan coalition of three sponsors and three cosponsors introduced Senate Bill 711 (S711) in May. Titled the North Carolina Farm Act of 2018, the legislation includes provisions allowing North Carolinians to enter into herd-share agreements and obtain raw milk for human consumption. The ban on selling or distributing raw milk remains in place.

Under herd-share agreements, consumers pay a farmer a fee for a “share” in either an individual animal, or a herd of cows or goats, In return, the owner of the share can obtain, but does not purchase, raw milk.

Under current law, the sale or distribution of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in North Carolina. Raw milk can be sold as animal feed.

Passage of S711 takes the first step toward legalizing unpasteurized milk in the state. While limited in nature, allowing raw milk sales through herd sharing creates a great opportunity to …

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