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Purdue Publishes Raw Milk FAQs Ahead Of State Recommendation

Raw milk is canned in a jar in Maine, where the sale of raw milk is legal.

As the Indiana Board of Animal Health prepares data for state lawmakers on whether to sanction the sale of raw milk, a new fact sheet assembled by Purdue University experts shows Indiana is in the minority of states which do not allow the practice, despite a number of risks.

Purdue University animal science professor Michael Schutz, who is one of the authors, says it is important the general public know what experts say about the healthfulness of raw milk.

“According to the CDC, the estimates are that the risk is about 50 times higher in unpasteurized milk versus pasteurized milk,  so of course that level increases in states that have permitted the sale of raw milk,” Schutz says.

Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer says her group’s study should be published on its website later this week.

“This report is going to go to the governor and legislative council. Then they will have to make determination on this year’s legislative session that will began in January,” Derrer says.

Indiana is one of 20 states that does not allow the sale of raw milk for human consumption. Thirty states make raw milk sales legal, but rules vary widely.

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