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Published March 29, 2010, 11:27 AM

Wisconsin committee to vote on raw milk bill

MADISON, Wis. — A state Assembly committee is set to vote on a bill that would allow raw milk sales in Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. — A state Assembly committee is set to vote on a bill that would allow raw milk sales in Wisconsin.

The Assembly Rural Economic Development Committee has scheduled a vote on the bill for Tuesday.

Two weeks ago a Senate committee passed a scaled down version of the measure that would allow limited raw milk sales directly from a farmer to a customer through 2011.

The bill before the Assembly committee would not put an end date on the milk sales, but it’s expected to be amended to be the same as the Senate version.

Wisconsin law has required since 1957 that milk sold to consumers be pasteurized.

Supporters of selling raw milk say it tastes better and has health benefits that pasteurized milk does not. Opponents say it’s not as safe.

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