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Taking a Look at Federal Ban on Raw Milk

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The feds don’t want you to drink raw milk. They deem it unsafe for consumption. So, they do everything they can to prevent you from consuming  it.

Government officials insist that unpasteurized milk poses a health risk because of its susceptibility to contamination from cow manure, a source of E. coli.

“It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” agency spokeswoman Tamara N. Ward said in November 2011.

The agency certainly has a right to its position, but the FDA isn’t content to just warn Americans of a potential danger. In 1987, the feds implemented 21 CFR 1240.61(a), providing that, “no person shall cause to be delivered into interstate commerce or shall sell, otherwise distribute, or hold for sale or other distribution after shipment in interstate commerce any milk or milk product in final package form for direct human consumption unless the product has been pasteurized.”

Simply put, the federal government claims a complete prohibition on the transportation of raw milk across state lines. Carrying unpasteurized dairy from Pennsylvania to Maryland constitutes a federal crime.

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