Fight for raw milk in Iowa hits roadblock

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Raw milk won’t be coming to Iowa anytime soon after a bill that would have lifted a ban on raw milk died in the state legislature.

According to the Des Moines (Iowa) Register in an article here, House Study Bill 131 failed to garner enough support for the bill to pass. Republican State Rep. Jason Schultz announced his decision not to seek a committee on it this session just a day after public health experts told lawmakers about the risks surrounding consumption of unpasteurized dairy products.

Among the witness was a California mother who nearly lost her 7-year-old son to E. coli infection linked to raw milk. Her son caused severe damage to her son’s kidneys and pushed him to heart failure. He required dialysis and needed multiple surgeries.

“It is easy for people to be convinced that knowing your farmer and loving the cow will somehow magically prevent cow feces from getting into the milk,” she said. “We are all suffering from generational amnesia.”

Read, “Mother warns Iowa against raw milk.”

Other experts who spoke at the hearing pointed to an increased risk of illness from contaminated raw milk. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2013 most of the disease outbreaks linked to dairy involved raw milk.  The CDC also reported in 2012 that raw milk and dairy products were 150 times more likely to cause a disease outbreak than pasteurized milk. Read more here.

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) warned against pregnant women, babies and kids from drinking raw milk because of infection risks. The AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and Committee on Nutrition suggested sales of unpasteurized milk, cheese and related products should be banned in the U.S. Read more.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, another bill, HB 4273, is moving forward after a state House agricultural committee approved it on Wednesday. If passed, the bill would allow non-farmers to own a cow or stake in a cow to consumer raw milk. Click here to read more from the Associated Press.



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