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Legislature: Raw milk focus of ardent debate
An article in The Columbian reports that the bills proposed in both the House and Senate would prohibit unlicensed dairies from distributing unpasteurized milk by selling shares in a milk cow, goat or sheep in return for a portion of the milk produced.
The bills would also give state inspectors access to unlicensed dairies suspected of selling raw milk illegally and authorize them to collect milk samples and obtain customer lists. It would make selling raw milk without a license a Class C felony.
Neither bill would ban the sale of raw milk, although 21 states do.
The bills were proposed after raw milk from an unlicensed dairy infected 18 people with E. coli.