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Published April 16, 2010, 08:58 AM

Wisconsin Senate OKs limited raw milk sales

MADISON, Wis. — Farmers could sell raw milk for the next two years under a bill the state Senate has passed.

MADISON, Wis. — Farmers could sell raw milk for the next two years under a bill the state Senate has passed.

The measure would allow farmers who register with the state to sell raw milk on their farms through the end of 2011. They would be prohibited from advertising beyond signs on the premises.

They also would have to test the milk at least monthly for pathogens and submit the results to state agriculture officials. If pathogens show up the state could suspend a producer’s registration.

Raw milk lovers contend it’s purer and tastes better than pasteurized milk. Opponents counter raw milk easily can contain bacteria and make people sick.

The Senate passed the bill Thursday on a bipartisan 25-8 vote. It now heads to the Assembly.

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