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The War on Raw Milk Expands into Illinois

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by Daniel Jennings, Off The Grid News

Residents of Illinois could soon lose the freedom to buy and sell raw milk because of new rules proposed by the state’s Department of Public Health.

The Land of Lincoln is one of the few states that doesn’t ban or regulate raw milk sales, but that could soon change.

“Right now, there are no rules for raw milk,” Department Spokeswoman Melanie Arnold told Crain’s Chicago Business. “Nothing is spelled out.”

The department has proposed a nine-page set of regulations for raw milk producers that has stirred controversy among farmers. The regulations are so onerous that some farmers contend they might force them out of the raw milk business.

“They are very clearly trying to make raw milk sales and consumption in Illinois impossible,” dairy farmer Donna O’Shaughnessy said, adding that it would cost her about $300,000 to comply.

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