Wisconsin law prohibits the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk to the public due to concerns about the spread of food-borne illnesses. But the state’s decision to crackdown on raw milk sales is stirring up controversy amidst claims that the state has been too harsh on farms that sell these products.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, state Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) says that regulators have subjected Midvalleyvu Family Farm, in Pepin County, to harassment and excessive requests for information.

Allegedly, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asked the farm's owners for specific bank records as well as detailed information about its suppliers.

The county sheriff agrees with the sentiment, telling the newspaper that the state should not try to “intimidate small businesses or family farms by demonizing their product and threatening their livelihood.”

Meanwhile, legislation has been introduced to allow the sale of raw milk from permitted facilities that follow state regulations. And the state has commissioned a panel of dairy and health experts to consider legal and regulatory issues regarding the sale of unpasteurized milk and to address the need to protect public health

The group is slated to meet March 15.

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Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel