The current statute (MN Stat 32.393) states:
"No milk, fluid milk products, goat milk, or sheep milk shall be sold, advertised, offered or exposed for sale or held in possession for sale unless the same has been pasteurized and cooled, as defined in section 32.391; provided, that this section shall not apply to milk, cream, skim milk, goat milk, or sheep milk occasionally secured or purchased for personal use by any consumer at the place or farm where the milk is produced."
The restrictions in current statute 32.393 create hardships for Minnesotans to obtain farm fresh milk and for farmers wishing to sell farm fresh milk.
1. Remove "Occasionally" since it is vague and impractical. If it is OK to sell, the frequency of sale should not matter.
2. Remove on site purchase requirement since it is wasteful, unsafe, and impractical to have many city consumers drive to where the farm fresh milk is produced.
-In Minnesota, farm fresh milk is a traditional, cultural food consumed by many families for generations.
-Raw milk consumers evaluate their decision to drink farm fresh milk by meeting the farmers, visiting the farms, studying the health issues, and considering the philosophical implications. They choose their dairy farmer carefully.
-Our urbanized society is different from the conditions when the current purchase restrictions were established. The restrictions need to be removed to reflect the current times.
-Raw milk produced for human consumption is safe. There are 2 forms of Raw Milk. One type of raw milk must to be pasteurized. The other type is produced under different conditions and can be consumed raw.
-Pasteurized milk is a processed food. Nutrition and health professionals recommend less processed foods.http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/mnrawmilkcom