“There’d have to be some pretty strong safeguards to ensure that whatever legislation would come through would make sure that … we talk about being America’s Dairlyland, we want to make sure we preserve that, as well.”
That’s what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said at Farm Technology days, suggesting that he isn’t ready to endorse a bill that would legalize raw milk sales directly to consumers, according to Wisconsin Radio Network.
“By the same token we are America’s Dairyland and I think it’s incredibly important that we preserve a safe supply of milk and dairy products in the state. So, any step that would ever go forward would have to be one where we could absolutely guarantee that we would have safe milk, not only for the people of the state of Wisconsin, but obviously — as one of our trademarks — all across the country.”
The bill, from Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman, is still in draft form. It is expected to go to a public hearing later this year. Read more about the bill here.
This isn’t the first time the state has mulled legalizing raw dairy. In 2010, Former Gov. Jim Doyle's Secretary of Agriculture, Rod Nilsestuen, appointed a panel of experts to consider whether there are legal, regulatory means that might allow dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized fluid raw milk directly to consumers and, if so, what conditions would be necessary to protect public health.
However, after a year of deliberation, the 22-member panel reported that it could not endorse raw milk sales. The group agreed that if raw milk sales were made legal in Wisconsin, the state would need to impose restrictive requirements that go beyond any now found in America. Click here for more.