Vermont shuts down raw milk workshops

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The farm advocacy group Rural Vermont is complaining about a state order that it halt workshops to teach people how to turn raw milk into butter and other dairy products.

Rural Vermont Director Jared Carter says the agriculture agency is infringing on consumers' rights to do what they want with milk in their own kitchens.

A Feb. 10 letter from Agency Dairy Section Chief Daniel Scruton says the Montpelier-based Rural Vermont is violating state law "by holding classes in which raw milk is processed and served" to people taking the class.

A 2009 law allows for the sale of up to 160 quarts of raw — or unpasteurized — liquid milk a day, directly to consumers.

Scruton's letter says the Rural Vermont workshops show customers how to produce homemade cheese.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.



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John    
VERMONT  |  February, 18, 2011 at 02:30 PM

Good job Dan Scruton. If you are innoculated with you own farms bugs it's one thing, but to make a perishible product for consumers from such milk is iresponsible. All the industry needs is an outbreak of samonella to scare consumers further from dairy products.

kevin musser    
Ohio  |  February, 19, 2011 at 08:33 PM

The Muslim world is causing uprisings all over the world. The president in office continues to run our country into ruin based on his incompetence. The world is experiencing huge food shortages. Meanwhile we have a grass roots based movement to create a better quality food and these buffoons that are in our government continue to support large organized Ag sectors that are not producing the type of food our very countries needs to be healthy. These people are not interested in good quality food but controling the market.


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