Tennessee raw milk proposal is dead for now

An effort to allow the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk in Tennessee is dead for now.

Leaders from both the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association are applauding the withdrawal of bills in the Tennessee legislature that would have exempted raw milk and dairy products sold from a home kitchen from licensure, inspection, and regulation. The Tennessee lawmakers did not approve companion bills in the State Assembly and Senate, effectively killing the effort in this legislative session.

National Milk President Jim Mulhern is pleased the bills failed, saying consumption of raw milk is a demonstrated public health risk, and the link between raw milk and foodborne illness has been well‚Äźdocumented.

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