The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined with the National Milk Producers Federation to send letters opposing efforts in Illinois and New Hampshire that would make raw milk more accessible to consumers.

Proposed regulations in Illinois would make legal the sale of raw milk to consumers in the state. The regulations, issued earlier this month by the Illinois Department of Public Health, would change the definition of milk available for sale to the public to include raw milk. A comment period ended on Oct. 20, and the Department of Public Health will issue its final rule after reviewing all comments.

In New Hampshire, the House Committee on Environment and Agriculture recently held a hearing on House Bill 1382, but no action was taken. The bill would allow the sale of raw milk at farm stands in the state.

“Consumption of raw milk is a demonstrated public health risk,” IDFA and NFMP said in the letter. “The link between raw milk and foodborne illness has been well-documented in the scientific literature, with evidence spanning nearly 100 years.”