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Thus, it is possible to purchase raw milk or obtain it from your own animal/herd (herdshares) in 49 out of 50 states. Our goal: Raw milk available to consumers in all 50 states and throughout the world! Write to your government leaders and let your voice be heard. You can find your state representative’s contact information here: house.gov/writerep/. You can also send an email to the president, both of your senators, and your representative in one go here: congress.org/news/ (click “Write all your Federal officials” in the box near the top on the right).
We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the following list. Follow the Raw Milk Bill Tracker for proposed changes in state laws. If you have corrections or additions, please email them to email@example.com.
See also our state-by-state Summary of Raw Milk Statutes and Administrative Codes for the actual wording of the laws/codes in each state, and see our Real Milk Finder for a listing of dairies by state. Check the Raw Milk Bill Tracker to follow the status of current state legislation.
Raw milk sales for human consumption are illegal. Raw milk sales for animal consumption are legal if the farmer has obtained a commercial feed license.
Alaska has banned the sale of raw milk for human consumption. The ban does “not apply to a person who owns a cow, goat or sheep and uses the milk from the animal for that person’s personal use. “With this exception, not limited to farmers or those who live on farms, cowshare programs and any kind of boarding agreement are legal. Raw milk sales for animal consumption are legal.
Arizona permits the sale of raw milk and raw milk products as long as they carry the required warning label. Their sale can take place on the farm and in grocery stores. Farmers selling raw milk and cream must obtain a producer-distributor license. Selling other raw dairy products requires obtaining a producer-manufacturer license in addition. There must be state approved bottling equipment on the farm.
Arkansas permits the sale of up to a total of 500 gallons of raw cow, goat, and/or sheep on an average monthly basis directly to consumers on the farm where the milk is produced. Farmers must post a sign at the farm and their products must display a label noting that the milk is not pasteurized. Farms and dairy animals are not state inspected and buyers assume all liability for any health problems that may arise from drinking raw milk.
Sales of raw milk and raw milk products are legal both in stores and on the farm. In order for raw milk to be sold legally, it must be ‘market milk. ‘This is milk that meets the standards provided in the Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947.
Under the Act, market milk is graded and designated into three classes:’certified milk,’ ‘guaranteed milk,’ and ‘Grade A milk. ‘Of the three classes, only Grade A raw milk is available for sale today in California. The standards for guaranteed raw milk to be market milk are more stringent than those for Grade A raw milk. While the Milk and Milk Products Act calls for county milk commissions to set the standards for certified raw milk, not a single county milk commission still exists.
Raw milk dairy farmers need market milk permits in order to produce their product. In addition, any person engaged in an aspect of the milk business that falls under the statutory definition of milk products plant must obtain a milk products plant license. There is an exemption from the license requirement, however, for “any producer whose business consists exclusively of producing and distributing raw market milk produced by such producer.”
Raw milk and most raw milk products require warning labels. Municipalities and counties in the state have the power to establish compulsory pasteurization laws but only Humboldt County has done so.
The state’s Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Fluid Milk Products Regulations prohibit the sale of raw milk. The regulatory definition of sale does not include cowshare programs. The Board of Health, the rule making body for the Department of Public Health and Environment, voted against a proposed regulation that would have extended the definition of sale to “the sale of undivided shares or interests in a cow or dairy herd.”
In 2005 the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation codifying the exemption of cowshare programs from the definition of sale. Consumers can now acquire raw milk legally in the state if the following conditions are met:
a. The name of the farmer, farm or dairy,
b. A valid, current address of the farmer, farm or dairy; and
c. A statement that raw milk is being produced at the farm or dairy.
a. Standards the farmer maintains with respect to herd health.
b. Standards the farmer maintains in the production of milk from the herd
c. Results of testing done on cows or goats that produce the milk.
d. Results of testing done on the milk.
e. An explanation of the tests and test results.
The state prohibits the redistribution of any raw milk cow- or goatshare owners obtain.
Farmers running cowshare programs can only distribute unpasteurized “fluid milk products” legally. Under state regulatory definitions, this would include milk, cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese. This would not include butter and cheese. State regulations define butter and cheese as manufactured milk and dairy products. The state code prohibits any cowshare programs involving manufactured milk and dairy products.
Raw milk sales for animal consumption are legal if the farmer treats the milk with a dye approved by the Department of Public Health and Environment prior to sale.
Details: Guidestone Farm was given clearance to operate a cowshare program by the Colorado health department in 1994. For eight years, they have operated quietly, without any problems, providing raw milk to more than 150 families. Now other farmers are becoming interested in doing cowshare programs—more and more people want access to raw milk—so naturally the state is trying to shut the program down. In a letter dated February 27, 2003, Dan Trimberger of the Consumer Protection Division announced proposed regulatory changes that would make cowshare programs illegal.State officials recently met with consumers to discuss the proposed changes—and were unprepared for the quality of the testimony they heard. Consumers argued for their right to freedom of choice, health professionals delineated the health benefits of raw milk, and two lawyers—one for Guidestone and one for the Colorado Farmers’ Union—pointed out that legislation against cowshare programs would be unconstitutional. Officials left the meeting with their tails between their legs, stating that the current law would stand until further deliberations.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores. In order to operate legally farmers must obtain producer permits and raw milk retailer permits from the State Agriculture Commissioner. Additionally, they must obtain a milk dealer license from the public health board of the town or city where their farms are located. Towns and cities have the power to ban the sale of retail raw milk.
The distribution of raw milk through herdshare agreements is also legal; the state does not regulate herdshares, state statute legalizes “the transfer or exchange of raw milk between persons who are parties to the same shared animal ownership agreement.” Shared animal ownership agreement “means any contractual arrangement in which a person: (A) Acquires an ownership interest in a milk-producing animal, (B) agrees to pay or reimburse another person or otherwise accept financial responsibility for the care and boarding of such milk-producing animal, and (C) is entitled to receive a share of the raw milk produced by such milk-producing animal.”
Details: Raw milk drinkers got a scare when a bill was introduced in the Environment Committee that would have outlawed not only the sale of raw milk, but would also have banned giving it away. The bill’s sponsors argued that the bill was needed because “if anyone got sick drinking raw milk, it would give all milk sold in the State of Connecticut a bad name,” rather incredible logic since no one in the state has ever gotten sick because of raw milk. Dairy farmer Deb Taylor rounded up her customers and met with committee members, explaining in friendly terms the importance of raw milk sales for her livelihood and for their health. Many committee members were sympathetic and the bill died in committee. This shows the importance of well-organized, nonconfrontational lobbying efforts in support of raw milk sales.
Raw milk sales are illegal.
Raw milk sales are illegal but residents may obtain raw milk through herdshare programs in Virginia or Pennsylvania from raw milk producers. The FDA has stated it has no intention of enforcing the interstate raw milk ban against individuals crossing state lines to obtain it.
Raw milk sales for human consumption are illegal. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services interprets the definition of “sell” in the state administrative code to extend the ban on raw milk sales to any cowshare agreements as well.
Raw milk sales for animal consumption are legal by those who have obtained a commercial Feed Master Registration certificate from FDACS. The state permits raw milk sales for animal consumption either on the farm or in retail stores. Containers should have a label clearly stating that the raw milk is for animal consumption only.
The state has banned the sale of raw milk for human consumption through its interpretation of the Georgia Dairy Act of 1980 and also through its adoption of the 2003 version of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.
The sale of raw milk for animal consumption is legal if the producer obtains a permit.
Raw milk sales are illegal.
Idaho has, in effect, a three-tier system for the sale or distribution of raw milk and raw milk products, including unaged raw cheese. Producers with a raw milk permit can sell to retail stores as well as direct to consumers. Permit holders are subject to sanitary, construction, equipment, inspection and testing requirements.
Producers with no more than three (3) cows, seven (7) goats or seven (7) sheep may obtain a small herd raw milk permit enabling them to sell raw milk and raw milk products direct to the consumer. Producers with this permit are subject to testing but are exempt from sanitary, construction, equipment, and inspection requirements that raw milk permit holders must comply with.
Herdshare programs are legal as long as the farmer operating the herdshare has no more than seven (7) cows, fifteen (15) goats or fifteen (15) sheep under the program. There must be a written contract in place between the raw milk producer and shareholders with the shareholder making an “investment of monetary value” in exchange for receiving raw milk and raw milk products. Herdshare dairies are subject to testing requirements.
The on-farm sale of raw milk is legal if the producer has either a raw milk or dairy farm permit. If there is a distribution point on the premises of the dairy farm where the milk is being stored for sale or distribution, the farm must also have a distribution point permit. Consumers may bring their own containers to the farm to obtain raw milk.
Producers are subject to inspection, labeling, sanitation, physical facility, signage, and record-keeping requirements.
The dairy farm owner must have a warning statement on the label and “instructions for the consumer to notify the local health department for the area in which the consumer resides of a consumer complaint or suspected foodborne illness or to notify the Department [Illinois Department of Public Health] of a complaint of farm sanitary conditions.” The dairy farm owner must also “have a written procedure for recalling products and notifying consumers” . . . . The dairy farm must also provide each new customer with “Department-approved consumer awareness information.” Raw milk may be offered for sale only within five days after production.
Raw milk sales for human consumption are illegal.
Raw milk sales for animal consumption are legal on the farm and in stores if the farmer has obtained a commercial feed license from the state.
There are numerous herdshare programs in the state. The state recognized the legality of herdshares in a 2002 settlement between a herdshare dairy and the State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) that stemmed from a cease and desist letter BOAH sent the dairy over its herdshare operation.
Details: A group of farmers and consumers is working on the liberalization of raw milk sales in Indiana and several active cowshare programs are underway, with state approval. If you would like to help, contact Steve Bonney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 426-0420.
Raw milk sales are illegal. There have been reports of violators being prosecuted.
“On-farm retail sales” of raw milk and raw milk products are legal to the “final consumer.” The farmer can only advertise the sales of raw dairy with a sign posted on the farm. The sign must state that the milk or milk products are raw. Farmers must clearly label as “ungraded raw milk” each container of unpasteurized milk for sale.
Farmers whose business consists only of on-farm sales of raw milk and raw milk products do not need a license to operate.
The state does not inspect farmers selling raw milk and raw milk products on a routine basis like they inspect farmers selling Grade A raw milk for pasteurization. They only inspect raw milk and raw milk product sellers if there is a complaint.
Raw milk sales are illegal with one exception. An individual with a written recommendation from a physician may purchase raw goat milk. The goat milk producer must have a permit from the state Cabinet for Health Services and can only sell raw milk directly to individuals on the farm. Goat milk producers must keep the written recommendation statement on file for at least one year. In addition, “the producer shall keep on file records stating volume of unpasteurized goat milk sold and date of sales to each person having submitted a written recommendation statement.”
There are a number of hershare programs throughout the state. In 2011 the Louisville Health Department issued a cease and desist order for the distribution of raw milk to members of the Whole Life Buyers Club and followed up with a quarantine order prohibiting the removal of raw milk from the buyers club facility. Many members defied the order and took their milk from the premises; subsequently, public outrage over the department’s action led to it rescinding the cease-and-desist and quarantine orders. For the most part state and local government agencies have left herdshare operations alone since.
Raw milk sales are illegal.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores. Raw milk and raw milk products must have a label on the product containing the words “not pasteurized.” Farmers do not have to obtain permit to sell raw milk if their sales are only on the farm and they do not advertise.
The licensed sale of raw milk is legal on the farm and in retail stores. With the passage of the Maine Food Sovereignty Act the unlicensed on-farm sale of raw milk is also legal in those towns that have passed the Local Food Sovereignty Ordinance which allows for the unregulated sale of raw milk from producer direct to consumer.
Raw pet milk sales are now legal in Maryland! Producers wanting to sell raw pet milk can file an application with the Office of the State Chemist, a division of the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). If the state chemist approves the application then the applicant is officially registered and can start selling the product. Sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores.
The licensed on-farm sale of raw milk is legal, however, cities and towns have the power to ban the production and sale of raw milk within their boundaries. Farmers selling up to twenty (20) quarts of milk per day are exempt from the licensing requirement but still must obtain a certificate of registration (as must all raw milk producers) from the Commissioner of Food and Agriculture.
For further listings and activism for raw milk in Massachusetts, please visit nofamass.org.
Raw milk sales are illegal but there is still legal access to raw milk through herdshares. In 2013 the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued a written policy in which it stated that it will not enforce the prohibition in the law against raw milk distribution if consumers obtain raw milk through a herdshare agreement. MDARD requires that there be a written agreement between the dairy farmer and shareholder.
Michigan was the first state to pass mandatory pasteurization laws—the year was 1948—and until the recent herdshare policy, had some of the strictest milk laws on the books, not even allowing farmers to sell raw milk from the farm. In 2002, at hearings on the revision of the Michigan State Dairy Code, the industry attempted to amend the code to make it illegal for dairy farmers, their family members, their farm workers, and even their farm animals to drink the farm’s raw milk. This plan was fortunately dropped, due to the efforts of dairy farmer Chuck Oliver and members of the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
State statute prohibits the sale of raw dairy with the exception of “milk, cream, skim milk, goat milk, or sheep milk occasionally secured or purchased for personal use by any consumer at the place or farm where the milk is produced.” The farmer cannot advertise and customers must bring their own containers.
The Minnesota Constitution states that “any person may sell or peddle the products of the farm or garden occupied and cultivated by him without obtaining a license therefore.”
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture claims raw milk cannot be delivered but in 2012 Alvin Schlangen, the manager of a food buyers club who delivers raw milk to members obtained through a herdshare agreement, was acquitted on a charge of illegally selling raw milk. Delivery to many raw milk consumers continues in the state.
On-farm sales of raw goat milk are legal as long as there are no more than nine producing goats on the farm. The farmer cannot advertise and must sell directly to the consumer.
Farmers can sell raw milk and cream to the final consumer either on the farm or through delivery without being required to have a permit. Those interested in selling raw milk and cream other than on-farm or through delivery (e.g., farmers markets) must obtain a retail raw milk permit from the state and must have state approved bottling equipment on the premises. In addition, farmers with a retail raw milk permit must comply with state labeling regulations for raw milk and raw milk products.
Consumers can now get legal access to raw milk through purchasing securities, giving them ownership interest in a dairy animal or dairy animals. Dairy farmers wanting to sell stock in their animals can obtain an exemption from the state securities registration requirement; the farmer can fill out an application for the exemption with the Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (OCSI). The application for the exemption costs fifty dollars ($50); famers getting the exemption can solicit up to twenty-five (25) “persons” (e.g., individuals, corporations) to purchase stock. The exemption must be renewed each year at a cost of an additional $50. Those dairy farmers wanting to sell stock without obtaining the exemption from OCSI can do so but can only solicit ten (10) “person” per year to purchase securities.
OCSI limits stock offerings to four (4) cows; the agency has not set a limit on the number of goats or sheep. The Montana Department of Livestock, which has jurisdiction over dairy, is in support of the OCSI policy on securities sales of dairy animals.
On-farm sales of raw milk and cream to consumers are legal. Farmers cannot advertise.
If a farmer’s business involves only on-farm sales of raw milk, the farmer does not have to obtain a permit and is not subject to state milk regulations.
Raw milk sales are legal but, in practice, there are no raw milk sales in the state.
In order for a farmer to obtain a permit from the state dairy commission to produce and distribute raw milk, the county milk commission must first certify the farm for the production of raw milk or a raw milk product. If the farm is certified, it may sell milk in that county. In 2013 a bill to allow a county certified dairy to sell raw milk statewide was vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval.
Under state statute, the board of county commissioners must establish the county milk commission. The county must issue regulations governing the production and distribution of raw milk and raw milk products. These regulations are not valid unless the State Board of Health and the State Dairy Commission first approve them.
Nye County has a milk commision but it has not certified any dairy yet.
Herd-share agreements are illegal by statute. Raw pet milk sales are legal only if the milk contains an approve denaturant.
The sale of raw milk and cream is legal on the farm, through delivery and in retail stores; local governments have the option to prohibit within their own boundaries the sale of raw milk and cream in retail stores. The direct sale of yogurt from producer to consumer is also legal.
Raw milk sales are illegal. To obtain other unpasteurized dairy products, residents travel to Pennsylvania and New York, which both allow raw milk. The FDA has stated in a court document that it will not enforce the interstate raw milk ban against individuals crossing state lines to obtain raw milk.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores if the farmer has obtained a permit from the state Department of Agriculture. Even though state law allows the sale of raw milk products, it has been the policy of the department to limit the permit to sales of raw milk and cream only.
There is a labeling requirement that all containers of retail raw milk must carry the statement “RAW MILK IS NOT PASTEURIZED AND MAY CONTAIN ORGANISMS THAT CAUSE HUMAN DISEASE.”
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm. The farmer must have a license from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. The farmer must post a sign at the point of sale that states, “Notice:Raw milk sold here. Raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization.” Raw milk vendors can only sell to consumers.
The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal. Herd-share agreements are legal by statute. State law also allows farmers to “dispense” raw milk and raw milk products for animal feed.
Herdshare agreements are legal in North Dakota. State statute provides that “it is not a violation [of law] to transfer or obtain raw milk under a shared animal ownership agreement.” Shared animal ownership is defined as “any contractual arrangement under which an individual:
Shareholders under a herdshare agreement may receive other dairy products as well.
Raw milk distribution through a herdshare agreement is legal by court decision and policy. In 2006 a Darke County judge found that dairy farmers Paul and Carol Schmitmeyer did not violate the state prohibition against selling raw milk in distributing raw milk through a herdshare program. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) had used the Schmitmeyers’ herdshare as grounds to revoke the farmer’s Grade A license; the Schmitmeyers’ appealed an adverse administrative decision to the court. In 2007 Governor Ted Strickland recognized the Schmitmeyer decision in having ODA adopt a policy allowing the distribution of raw milk throughout the state.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm. Farmers can make “incidental sales of raw milk directly to consumers” without having to obtain a permit. While state law does not specifically define what incidental sales of raw cows milk are and leaves this determination to the discretion of the state inspector, raw goat milk producers can sell up to 100 gallons of goat milk per month without a permit. Farmers making incidental sales of raw goat milk have the right to advertise.
Farmers making more than incidental sales of raw milk must have a raw milk permit. Producers with the permit can also sell raw cream.
Raw goat or sheep milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores. No permit is necessary for farmers with no more than nine lactating goats and nine lactating sheep who sell the milk on the farm directly to the consumer. Raw cow milk sales are illegal except for on-farm sales where the farmer has two or fewer lactating cows on the premises. The state allows advertising for on-farm sales.
Farmers producing raw goat or sheep milk can sell in retail stores if they obtain a producer-distributor license and have their own bottling plant on site. Licensees can sell goat or sheep milk products such as butter, cream, yogurt, and cheese as well.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores. Raw milk for retail producers must have a permit and can only sell to stores if they have their own packaging operation with labeling and bottling machines. Stores purchasing raw milk from farmers for resale do not ordinarily need a permit. Producers selling raw milk only on the farm do not need bottling equipment because the state permits customers to bring their own containers. There are currently 68 farms licensed to sell raw milk.
Raw milk sales are illegal with one exception: An individual may purchase raw goat milk from a producer if that person has a written, signed prescription from a physician. According to the state Department of Health, no one has ever taken advantage of this provision in the law.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm and in retail stores if the producer has a license.
The sale of raw milk and cream on the farm and through delivery by those who have obtained both a permit to produce and a license to sell raw milk for human consumption from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).
Retail sales of raw butter for human consumption produced by those holding a dairy plant license are legal.
The distribution of raw milk through herdshare agreements is legal in Tennessee by statute. The statute says that those individuals with “an independent or partial ownership interest in any hooved mammal” can obtain raw milk for their own personal use. An attorney general’s opinion interpreted the statute to allow the distribution of other raw dairy products to those individuals.
Raw milk and raw milk product sales for pet consumption are legal. Producers and sellers must obtain a commercial feed license from the state.
Raw milk sales are legal. Sales must be on the farm and can only be directly to the consumer. Farmers must obtain a Grade A Raw for Retail Milk Permit from the state Department of Health. Licensees can sell milk products such as raw cream and raw yogurt as well. The state is currently allowing raw milk purchased by a raw milk consumer to be delivered to that individual by another raw milk consumer.
Producers with a permit can sell raw milk on the farm or at a retail store in which the producer has majority ownership interest. State law requires producers to bottle the milk on the premises where produced. Permitted Producers can also sell and deliver raw milk “from a mobile unit where the raw milk is maintained through mechanical refrigeration at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or a lower temperature.” There is no limit on the amount of raw milk permitted producers can sell.
Producers without a permit can sell up to 120 gallons of raw milk per month direct to the consumer on the farm. Producers selling under this exemption must comply with labeling, recordkeeping, animal health and milk testing requirements; producers must also notify the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) “of their intent to sell raw milk.”
“Cow share programs” are legal as long as there are no more than two (2) cows, ten (10) goats and ten (10) per farm in the program. The program manager must keep the bill of sale and boarding contract the farm has entered into with each shareholder. Producers must notify UDAF that they are operating a cow share program. Shareholders may obtain other dairy products besides raw milk from the producer.
There is a two-tier system for raw milk sales in Vermont. Tier 1 producers may sell up to 87-½ gallons per week on the farm; Tier 2 producers may sell up to 350 gallons per week on the farm, at farmers markets, and directly to customers at their homes.
Both Tier 1 and Tier 2 producers must register with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAA). Tier 1 producers aren’t subject to licensing or inspection but must comply with animal health testing, labeling, signage, recordkeeping and operation requirements. Tier 2 producers aren’t subjected to licensing but are inspected once a year by VAA; they must comply with the same requirements as Tier 1 producers and in addition have bottling and milk testing requirements to follow. Tier 2 producers delivering raw milk must comply with additional requirements; they may also hire an agent to deliver raw milk.
Raw milk sales are illegal. The policy of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is to allow the distribution of raw milk to those who have an ownership interest in any dairy animal(s). VDACS does not regulate these arrangements. Many herd share operations exist throughout the state.
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm and through home delivery. They are legal in retail stores as well if local health ordinances do not prohibit.
Producers must obtain a permit from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). This requirement applies to any farmer operating a cowshare program. Farmers must bottle the milk on the premises and each bottle must contain a warning label stating “WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria. Pregnant women, children, the elderly, and persons with lowered resistance to disease have the highest risk of harm from use of this product.” Retail stores must display warning signs near the location of raw milk and raw milk products in the store.
WSDA currently limits the raw dairy products licensees can sell to milk and cream. Producers can sell raw milk for animal consumption if they put coloring in the milk.
The distribution of raw milk through herdshare agreements is legal by statute. Raw milk consumers entering into a herdshare agreement with a dairy must sign a document acknowledging “the inherent dangers of raw milk.” The dairy farmer must have a signed agreement with any “responsible party” obtaining milk through the herdshare; the farmer must file a copy of each agreement with the commissioner of agriculture. The shareholder dairy must meet health requirements established by the state veterinarian for milk-producing animals. There are reporting requirements if an illness is directly related to consumption.
State statute allows the “incidental” on-farm sale of raw milk. “Incidental sale” is defined in state statute as a sale that is not “in the regular course of business.” The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has not explained what “in the regular course of business” means.
In 2013 Loganville dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger was acquitted on three of four criminal charges for violations of Wisconsin’s Food and Dairy Code; Hershberger was charged for, among other reasons, illegally distributing raw milk and raw milk products through a herd lease program. Since the Hershberger verdict, the regulatory climate for raw milk sales and distribution has improved in the state.
In her final order, the judge made clear that if a farm sold milk and milk products exclusively to its shareholders (owners) and not to a milk plant or any other distributor, DATCP would not regulate the production and usage of dairy products from that farm.
Under the Wyoming Food Freedom Act unregulated sales of raw milk and raw milk products from producers direct to the consumers are legal on the farm, through delivery, and at farmers markets. The only requirement is that the producer inform the end consumer that the food is “not certified, labeled, licensed, packaged, regulated or inspected.”
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