September 2, 2014

Renewing the raw milk debate

A state lawmaker is taking another kick at the milk pail on whether Wisconsin should legalize the sale of raw dairy products. State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) says he hopes to introduce a bill later this year that would legalize the sale of raw milk.

Grothman claims it’s a healthy alternative, with some “chiropractors and nutritionist prescribing raw milk for their patients.”

Grothman says he expects that individuals will testify to the fact that they were able to get over their illnesses because they drank raw milk.

AUDIO: Sen. Glenn Grothman (:17)

Plenty of opposition is expected, according to Shawn Pfaff of the Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition. He claims it’s impossible to make raw, unpasteurized milk safe. Grothman claims that opposition is more about protecting distributor profits than protecting public health.

A similar bill generated considerable debate in the last legislative session before it died in committee.

A spokesman says Governor Scott Walker would sign a bill permitting limited sales of raw milk, if there are safeguards for public health and the “integrity” of the dairy industry.

John Colbert, WIBA