Indiana Agency Gathering Information For Raw Milk Study

From the Associated Press:

An Indiana agency conducting a study on the sale of raw milk is asking state residents to weigh in.

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is planning a virtual public hearing from June 1st through Sept. 1st, when people can express their thoughts.

Contributors also can offer suggestions for any potential change to Indiana law, which doesn’t allow the sale of raw milk. Those who submit comments must provide a name and contact information.

Supporters of raw milk contend that pasteurization, which kills harmful bacteria and extends shelf life, depletes milk of beneficial nutrients. The dairy industry and other opponents contend the threat of E. coli or salmonella should take precedence.

The final report by the Board of Animal Health will provide guidance to lawmakers in the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.

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