“Warning: Raw milk. This product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria.”
That’s a label that may soon be on all raw milk containers sold across South Dakota.
According to Food Safety News, lawmakers aren’t stopping there.
The state is also looking to increase the maximum allowed bacteria count per milliliter from 20,000 to 30,000. This change treats raw milk the same of the state’s maximums for Grade A and Grade B pasteurized dairies.
These change come after months of debate and hearings.
Raw milk advocates aren’t fans of the rule changes, though some producers agree that they can handle the new regulations, which includes a “zero” tolerance for pathogens.
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch signed off on the two rule changes in late-October after three public hearings held across the state. Now, a legislative committee will consider the changes on Nov. 12.
The new rules will take effect 30 days after that body’s approval. Click here to read more.
South Dakota is one of 25 states across the country banning retail sale of unpasteurized milk, but the state does allow direct farm-to-consumer transactions. The state originally proposed safety regulations that would have required a permit and safety testing for all raw milk produced in the state, regardless of whether it was sold, donated or used within the family. Read more.
However, following public outcry, the state scaled back these efforts. The revised proposal eventually died within a legislative panel. See, “No new S.D. raw milk rules for now.”