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Published March 30, 2010, 01:45 PM

Wisconsin committee approves raw milk bill

MADISON, Wis. — A bill that would allow farmers to sell raw, unpasteurized milk directly to consumers has moved out of an Assembly committee.

MADISON, Wis. — A bill that would allow farmers to sell raw, unpasteurized milk directly to consumers has moved out of an Assembly committee.

The Rural Economic Development Committee approved the bill 8-1. The move clears the way for a vote in the full Assembly.

Under the measure, farmers who register with state agriculture officials could sell raw milk through the end of next year. Farmers would have to record each sale and test the milk for disease-causing microbes.

They would not be allowed to advertise beyond signs on their farms. The signs would in-clude warnings bacteria in the milk could cause disease.

The state Senate’s agriculture committee approved an identical bill earlier this month on a 5-0 vote.

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