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Fri November 30, 2012
Report On Indiana Raw Milk Study Released
The Indiana Board of Animal Health has released a report on its study on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk for human consumption.
The Indiana General Assembly ordered the study amid a growing chorus of calls for the legalization of raw milk sales in the Hoosier State.
Advocates say unpasteurized milk contains nutrients that are destroyed by the heating process required by state law, and the raw product tastes better.
But public health officials say raw milk consumption is risky because it contains pathogens that are destroyed by pasteurization, a process they contend does not significantly alter milk’s nutritional value.
The Board of Animal Health recommends that state lawmakers consider two options.
The first would require that all milk sold for human consumption be pasteurized, even milk purchased through herd shares or other means that skirt current state law.
The second would allow limited raw milk sales directly from farmers, who would have to meet minimum sanitation requirements imposed by the board.
The report will be turned over to state lawmakers for the 2013 session. About twenty states have laws that ban the sale of unpasteurized cow’s milk .