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The bill would have allowed people with three lactating cows or 15 lactating goats or sheep to sell small amounts of milk to their neighbors or to strangers who come to their property to buy it. It adds inspections, tests and regulations – but does not require hobby farms with fresh pastures to comply with the same costly rules as commercial dairies with many cows who live in confinement.
Opponents of the bill said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls raw milk risky, especially for very young children. The hearing included testimony from a woman whose child became seriously ill after drinking it. It also included statements from those who support the legality of raw-milk sales.