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Maine Sends Raw Milk Resolution To City Council

Portland, Maine introduced a raw milk bill that would legalize the sale in city farmer's markets -- with an informational placard as well.

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Fans of raw milk want the right to choose.

Raw milk has seen a fight — from the August 3 raid and arrest of the “Rawesome Three” to recent E. coli illnesses tied to the product.

Portland, Maine thinks it may have a solution.

Legalize Milk

A package deal sent to the city council asks for raw milk to be legalized at farmer’s markets, but any vendor who sold the milk would also have an information sheet attached.

The fact that raw milk isn’t legal is news to Portland vendors.

Maine is one of 30 states that allow for the sale of raw milk in some manner, although it’s illegal to sell raw milk in schools or hospitals.

‘Slippery Slope’

Some small farmers don’t agree with the placards for raw milk consumers. They are concerned soon farmer’s markets will be inundated with warnings and regulations.

Council member Cheryl Leeman however thinks it’s a happy medium.

Read More:

  • Maine City Considers Raw Milk Info at Farmers Markets (Food Safety News)
  • Amish farms to hippie co-ops fight FDA’s inquiry over raw milk (Bloomberg News)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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