David Ward - Raw Milk Controversy in Wisconsin

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Raw Milk Controversy in Wisconsin - David Ward, Director of Government Relations in Dairy, Cooperative Network, WI, from NIAA's One Health: Implications for Animal Agriculture, March 15 - 17, 2010, Kansas City, MO, USA.

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David Ward - Raw Milk Controversy in Wisconsin

  1. 1. Wisconsin’s Raw Milk Controversy David Ward Director of Government Relations & Dairy Cooperative Network
  2. 2. • Cooperative Trade Association in Minnesota and Wisconsin • 600 Member Cooperatives owned by more than 6.3 million Minnesota and Wisconsin residents • Cooperative Network provides business development, communications, education, government affairs, safety and environmental services to our member cooperative • Minnesota is home to the largest number of cooperatives with Wisconsin being second
  3. 3. Wisconsin Americas Dairy Land • Agriculture $59.2 billion industry in Wisconsin • Wisconsin agriculture provides almost 420,000 jobs, which is 12 percent of the state’s workforce • Dairy is $26.5 billion – 45% of Wisconsin’s agriculture
  4. 4. Wisconsin Americas Dairy Land
  5. 5. Food Safety Because of the economic contribution of the Dairy Industry a very important role for Wisconsin State Government is assuring that the milk we drink is safe.
  6. 6. Raw Milk FAQ’s 1. Can a dairy farmer legally sell raw milk? No. The sale or distribution of raw or unpasteurized milk is illegal. 1. Can a dairy farmer legally sell dairy products made from raw milk? No. You must have a dairy plant license to make dairy products that are sold to consumers. 1. Can dairy farmers consume raw milk from their own farms? Yes. A licensed milk producer may consume raw milk from his or her own farm, and may serve that raw milk to family members and nonpaying household guests.
  7. 7. Wisconsin State Statue 97.24 (2) (b) • (a) No person may sell or distribute any • milk unless that milk is produced, processed and distributed in • compliance with standards established by the department by rule • under this chapter. • (b) No person may sell or distribute any milk or fluid milk • products which are not grade A milk or grade A milk products to • consumers, or to any restaurant, institution or retailer for consumption • or resale to consumers. Grade A milk and grade A milk • products shall be effectively pasteurized, and shall be produced, • processed and distributed in compliance with standards established • by the department by rule under this chapter. • (c) No person may sell or distribute milk or fluid milk products • which are labeled or otherwise represented as grade A milk or • grade A milk products unless the milk and fluid milk products • comply with this chapter and with standards established by the • department by rule under this chapter. • Department allowed incidental sales of raw milk
  8. 8. Incidental Sales? Producers Started to push the boundaries • Sales over internet • Farm Stores
  9. 9. Assembly Bill 628 1. Allows Dairy Farmer with a Grade A Permit to Sell Unpasteurized Milk, Buttermilk, Butter, and Cream Directly to Consumers 2. Dairy Farmer Must Obtain a Raw Milk Permit from the Department of Agriculture
  10. 10. Assembly Bill 628 3. The Container is Prepared and Filled in a Sanitary Manner 4. The Dairy Farmer Displays a Sign Indicating That Raw Milk Does Not Provide the Protection of Pasteurization 5. The Dairy Farmer is Not Liable for Selling a Product as Authorized by the Bill
  11. 11. Will Wisconsin Be the 26 th State To Allow the Sale of Raw Milk
  12. 12. Proponents of Assembly Bill 628 1. Freedom Issue 2. Consumer Demand 3. Economic Issue 4. Natural Food 5. Health
  13. 13. Hearing March 10 • Adults know what Raw Milk is and accept the risks • Will help keep small dairy farms in business by eliminating the middleman
  14. 14. Hearing March 10 • There are Health Benefits to Raw Milk • Big Business vs Small Farmers • Department favors large farms so they are picking on small producers by enforcing the law
  15. 15. Hearing March 10 • Health Risks • Image of Industry • Liability Issue
  16. 16. Next Steps • Time is running out • 6 more session days • Hearing in Eau Claire, WI • Politics • DATCP Working Senator Group Kathleen Vinehout
  17. 17. Raw Milk Policy Working Group Goal: To explore and evaluate legal and regulatory alternatives under Wisconsin law that: • May allow dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized fluid raw milk to customers on their farms • Under what conditions this might be done that would also protect public health
  18. 18. Raw Milk Policy Working Group Diverse Membership • University • Producers both large & small • Processors • Trade Associations • Farm Organizations • County Health • Consumers
  19. 19. What will Happen? • Legislature will run out of time – Still In committee – Authors working on amendments • Raw Milk Working Group will report
  20. 20. Thank You Any Questions

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