Massachusetts Legislator Wants to Loosen Raw Milk Restrictions

Raw milk sales are currently legal in the state of Massachusetts via cow sharing. However, there are restrictions in place – requiring consumers to pick up the milk on the farm and mandated monthly milk testing, for example – that one Massachusetts legislator wants to loosen.

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox is sponsoring a bill that would exempt small dairy farms from some of these rules, and he is hopeful that the bill will gain support and move forward in Fall 2015.

Massachusetts Animal Health Director Michael Cahill defends the guidelines that are in place, saying they are for the consumer’s benefit: on-site pickup allows consumers to see the health of the cows for themselves and monthly milk testing protects consumer health.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Massachusetts published a notice about the bill and is asking people to contact legislators in support of the new, less restrictive laws.

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