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A Raw Deal for Raw Milk in Illinois?

(Undated) -- Some farmers and local food enthusiasts say raw milk is getting a raw deal in Illinois. For 30 years, the state has allowed Illinoisans to purchase raw milk directly from farmers with no rules. The Illinois Department of Public Health is now proposing raw milk production regulations that include permits, inspections, and specific equipment. Wes King with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance says many raw milk farmers have said they will not be able to comply with the proposed rules. The C-D-C opposes the sale and distribution of raw milk because it can contain bacteria that would normally be killed through pasteurization. Supporters counter that many types of bacteria found in raw milk can be beneficial to health. State leaders say over 800 comments on the new regulations have already been submitted, and a public comment hearing was held last night at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

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