(02/05/2014)
Proposed Bill Would Allow Raw Milk Sales In WV

By Whitney Burdette   charlestondailymail.com

West Virginia has one of the strictest laws in the nation regarding the sale of raw milk, but a bill introduced Monday in the state Senate could change that.

Senate Bill 478 would make the sale of raw, or unpasteurized, milk legal beginning January 2015. According to the proposal, the state Department of Agriculture would be responsible for establishing rules - including regulatory standards - that must be approved by the Legislature.

State Sen. Daniel Hall, D-Wyoming, said he introduced the bill because many of his constituents have expressed interest in selling goat milk locally or making cheese and other products.

"Most people generations ahead of me . . . drank raw milk," Hall said. "It doesn't really happen that much anymore unless you have a goat farm and drink goat milk. There is legitimate business and agricultural purpose for raw milk. We don't allow it here."

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