When it comes to dairy production, Montana is not even among the top 30 states, but it may soon be selling the most dangerous raw milk in America. Missoula Republican Champ Edmunds, who is exploring a run for the U. State Rep. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, who made advocacy for small farms his hallmark.
Raw milk or raw milk products sold under the bill would require a warning label.
Safe raw milk sales are difficult because time and distance increase the risks. States like Wisconsin and Indiana that have looked at how unpasteurized milk might be sold more safely have concluded that hefty regulatory schemes would be required. With HBMontana will be taking a very different route that disregards findings by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC in Atlanta that say raw milk is times more likely to cause an outbreak of disease than pasteurized milk or that it is the most likely food to put someone in the hospital.
It says there will be four sanitarians statewide to check on exempted producers. Edmunds is a veteran of the U. He is ciurrently a mortgage banker in Missoula.
There is a permit for the exemption that in turn allows the sale of raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption. Those specific requirements were axed before final passage. The powers of the Montana Department of Livestock to supervise sanitary conditions and to write rules and collect fees were also all eliminated.
Later the bill allow the department to do some sampling and testing routinely done at other dairy production facilities.