NMPF thanks Nevada Gov. Sandoval for vetoing raw milk bill

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Editor’s note: The following statement is from Jerry Kozak, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation:

“The nation’s dairy farmers thank Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for vetoing a state bill that would have permitted raw milk to be distributed statewide, and in so doing, siding with health experts who recognize the potential danger to consumers of raw milk.

“Thursday’s announcement by Sandoval cited the ‘significant public health risks’ represented by consuming raw milk, resulting in his veto of Assembly Bill 209.

“Gambling with the health of one’s family shouldn’t be one of Nevada’s hallmarks, and we appreciate Gov. Sandoval heeding that message.

 “While 20 states prohibit the sale of raw milk to consumers, several states have loosened, or have considered loosening, restrictions on the sale of unpasteurized dairy products in recent years – despite the number of illnesses that have continued to be linked to the product.

“We urge other states considering similar legislation to look to the exemplary leadership demonstrated by Sandoval.”



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W C Mickelsen    
Salt  |  June, 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Most of the "so called " raw milk linked illnesses are not 100% identified raw milk situations. The state of Utah and media released information on supposition rather than hard facts. Later, as these illness cases are thoroughly investigated, they are found not to be a milk linked issue. The big processors want total control of all milk going through their pipelines and therefore want to create fear in the population. This is one the oldest marketing tricks known to man.

duke    
Las Vegas  |  June, 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Yes you are Right! It's big dairy bulling the small farmer. This bill passed 40/0 in the house and 17/4 in the senate . Not to mention that the people (those folks the politicians usually forget about) were overwhelmingly in support of raw milk. This IS BIG BUSINESS PROTECTING THERE PROFITS! LETS SEE TRUST THE FDA THAT SAYS RAW MILK IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH OR TRUST THE FARMER THAT HAS BEEN DRINKING IT FOR GENERATIONS? Not that hard to decide since it was only made illegal in the 20th century and I'm sure raw milk has been around a LOT longer. I also noticed that illness from raw milk in posted cases don't have follow ups and most of the time the milk was not the primary result. It's like 2nd hand smoke killing the person that died in a smokers house regardless of what the cause of death was. Raw milk I have been drinking since Jan 2013 and not sick once

Jackie    
Las Vegas  |  June, 10, 2013 at 08:57 PM

Good for the Gov., he made the right decision. These dairy farmers that think raw milk should be sold to the general public are wrong. Raw milk can make you very sick. It is a safety and quality issue for consumers, nothing more. The Governor did the right thing. You don't have to believe politicans, the Governor or even the FDA. Believe the lawyer that represents all those people that have become sick and hurt from consuming contaminated raw milk that hasn't been pasteurized first , click here: http://www.realrawmilkfacts.com/

Cathryn Adams    
North las Vegas  |  June, 11, 2013 at 08:20 AM

Who are you kidding? Thank Governor that we can't get badly needed nutritious milk?! So it's business and dollars as usual being more important than health, liberty, and the things that we hold most dear. You won't be getting my thanks, Governor; or any more support. All you have left us with in a time of great need is boiled down (I mean pasteurized), hormone filled, imitation of something that we really need. No thanks!!!!

Cathryn Adams    
North las Vegas  |  June, 11, 2013 at 08:20 AM

Who are you kidding? Thank Governor that we can't get badly needed nutritious milk?! So it's business and dollars as usual being more important than health, liberty, and the things that we hold most dear. You won't be getting my thanks, Governor; or any more support. All you have left us with in a time of great need is boiled down (I mean pasteurized), hormone filled, imitation of something that we really need. No thanks!!!!

W C Mickelsen    
Salt Lake city, UT  |  June, 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I do not know the health regulations on raw milk in Nevada. Utah requires that every batch of raw milk, sold off the farm in stores, meets tougher standards that pasteurized milk. Each batch of raw milk is not put on the shelves until the state clears it from the state lab. I feel that this system make the milk more safe than pasteurized milk. The wholeness of raw milk is protected and the public should feel good about the product they provide to their family. Maybe this model could be a positive solution to other states. How could anyone disagree with this unless we are dealing with greed or power. I hope America does not become a dictator type government. Please make laws that allow CHOICE and safety for all.


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