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Is it legal to sell raw milk?

Because of the potential for serious illness, federal law prohibits dairies from distributing raw milk (milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs including bacteria, viruses, and parasites) across state lines in final package form (packaged so that it can be consumed). This means that raw milk can only be distributed across state lines if it is going to be pasteurized or used to make aged (over 60 days) cheese before being sold to consumers. Each state makes its own laws about selling raw milk within the borders of the state. In about half of states, sale of raw milk directly to consumers is illegal. In the remaining states, raw milk may be sold to directly to consumers.

States that allow the legal sale of raw milk (milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs including bacteria, viruses, and parasites) for human consumption have more raw milk-related outbreaks of illness than states that do not allow raw milk to be sold legally.

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