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June 2014
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  • Got Milk? Only if Pasteurized, Not Raw, Please

    No bones about it: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria including Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, possibly resulting in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and posing serious health risks to the public.

    That's why ISMS sent a communiqué to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and testified at department hearings last week to speak out against amendments to Grade A Pasteurized milk and milk product rules that would expand sale or distribution of raw (unpasteurized) milk and milk products for human consumption.

    While current law allows for sale and distribution of raw milk on the premises of a dairy farm, ISMS opposes any attempt to expand the definition of "premises" as represented in IDPH's proposed amendments.

    If raw milk does become authorized for sale to consumers, ISMS policy supports rules that provide for protections for Illinois residents who do consume raw or unpasteurized milk.

    Related: ISMS Resolution C305 (A-14), Prohibiting Sale and Distribution of Raw or Unpasteurized Milk and Milk Products in Illinois.

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