The Lacrosse Tribune reports state officials could be presented with a proposal to allow the sale of unpasteurized milk on dairy farms as soon as next month.

The Raw Milk Policy Working Group held its final meeting to discuss details of the policy recommendations it has collected in the past nine months. The group, appointed by late Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilsestuen, met at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in Madison.

The group consists of members for and against legalizing raw milk. Since last March, their objective has consisted of the following:
• Review and evaluate laws related to raw milk in other states and regulations that might allow unpasteurized raw milk retail sales on the farm;
• Review, analyze and discuss ways Wisconsin might allow the sale of unpasteurized, fluid raw milk on dairy farms;
• Make policy, program and/or regulatory recommendations to the Secretary of DATCP related to the retail sale of unpasteurized, fluid raw milk on dairy farms.

The group hopes its final report will be used as a guideline if raw milk legislation is proposed. The group will complete the final report between mid-January and early February and will present recommendations to the ag board before it’s released to the public.

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Source: Lacrosse Tribune