Legislators should rethink bill expanding sale of raw milk

Dear Editor:

I am writing to voice my strong concern over the work of our local
state legislators, Senator Sean Nienow, Representative Bob Barrett and
Representative Kurt Daudt for their support of legislation to expand
the sale of raw milk in Minnesota. All three are either authoring or
being co-authors on a bill to more easily sell raw milk in our state; a
product that has been scientifically proven to be unsafe.

Dear Editor:

I am writing to voice my strong concern over the work of our local state legislators, Senator Sean Nienow, Representative Bob Barrett and Representative Kurt Daudt for their support of legislation to expand the sale of raw milk in Minnesota. All three are either authoring or being co-authors on a bill to more easily sell raw milk in our state; a product that has been scientifically proven to be unsafe.

The Food and Drug Administration claims that raw unpasteurized milk can cause salmonella, E. Coli and listeria: all illnesses that can lead to serious stomach problems and in some cases death. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that since 1998 more than 800 people have gotten sick from either drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from raw milk products.

There is a reason why dairy farmers all across this country pasteurize our milk, it’s because like it or not, it actually helps keep the product safe. Expanding the sale of raw milk in Minnesota is the wrong move now. At a time when the FDA is doing the right thing by cracking down on companies spreading disease with inferior products, such as bad eggs and harmful peanut butter, Senator Nienow and Representatives Barrett and Daudt want to take our state in the wrong direction by promoting a product that will make people sick.

We have real problems in our state to solve, like a $6 billion deficit. I’m hopeful that Senator Nienow and Representatives Barrett and Daudt will spend more time on the budget issue and less time trying to promote the sale of an inferior unhealthy product such as raw milk in Minnesota.

Karen M. Strike
Isanti

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