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UPDATE: Hundreds at hearing on raw milk

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EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Close to 500 farmers attended a public hearing on a controversial farming bill Wednesday.

Farmers and their families are taking the stand to share their stories about the pros and cons of legislation that would make selling raw milk to the public legal.

Wisconsin law has required that milk sold to consumers be pasteurized since 1957. Twenty-five other states allow the sale of raw milk.

Click the camera icon to hear some of the public comments.

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EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- The public is getting a chance to weigh in on state legislation that would allow farmers to sell raw milk.

A public hearing is being held Wednesday in Eau Claire.

Supporters say raw milk is tastier, healthier and easier to digest. But health officials argue uncooked animal products are inherently dangerous and can carry bacteria capable of causing illness and death.

The bill would allow farmers with a grade A dairy license to purchase a license to sell raw milk to consumers. Farmers would be required to warn customers that drinking raw milk is not as safe as pasteurized milk.

Wisconsin law has required that milk sold to consumers be pasteurized since 1957.

 

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