The South Dakota State Senate has passed a bill that would put raw milk in the same regulatory category as Grade A milk and manufacturing-grade milk, making raw milk a legal product as it will be more easily regulated by the state.
Senate Bill 45 is the result of the hard work of a Raw Milk Work Group that was formed in February 2014 following the recommendation of the South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The work group included Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch and other department representatives, dairy industry representatives, and raw milk producers and consumers. (See South Dakota Raw Milk Wins–Dakota Rural)
The passing of Senate Bill 45 means that raw milk and raw cream will be legal for sale directly to consumers (though only for delivery at farmers’ markets), through a distinct set of rules for the sale of raw milk for human consumption. Raw milk producers will still need to obtain a license and permit, must maintain sales records for notification purposes, and their facilities will still be subject to annual inspection by the Department of Agriculture.
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