Will Raw Goat’s Milk Be Legalized in Southern Nevada?

Clark County, which is located in Southern Nevada and includes the city of Las Vegas, is establishing a dairy commission to regulate the quality of raw milk products and hopefully legalize the sales of raw goat’s milk in the area.

The commission would be responsible for, “…setting the rules governing the production, distribution and sale of raw dairy products. This could include everything from setting standards on bacterial counts in milk products to overseeing investigators who test and analyze raw milk products before they’re approved for sale” (Does Las Vegas Need Milk Commission – Las Vegas Sun). The commission would be made up of a doctor, veterinarian and member of the public.

Some criticize the decision to only include goat’s milk, saying it avoids the controversy stemming from the type of raw milk that is more in-demand: raw cow’s milk. Others point out that the legalizing goat’s milk would be a promising step towards the ultimate legalization of cow’s milk.

This is not the first time that raw milk has made political headlines in Nevada. In May 2013, the Nevada Senate approved a bill to legalize the sale of raw milk in Las Vegas and across the state. This bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Sandoval (see Nevada Senate says Yes to Raw Milk in Las Vegas).

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