The sides were clearly drawn at a hearing in Eau Claire, Wis., yesterday about proposed legislation to allow raw milk sales in Wisconsin. The measure would allow dairies to sell raw milk directly to consumers, provided they obtained a special permit from the state.

Several hundred people attended the hearing.

On one side were consumers and small dairy farmers who claim the ability to sell and purchase raw milk is all about freedom of choice.

Meanwhile, state agriculture and public health officials, as well as a number of farm organizations, oppose the measure. They cite public health concerns associated with the consumption of raw milk as justification to continue the ban on raw milk sales.

It is unclear whether the state legislature will be able to pass the proposal by the time the legislative session ends early next month, but bill supporters said they would try.

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Source: LaCrosse Tribune