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FDA Concedes Raw Milk Across State Lines OK for Personal Consumption

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Washington, DC -In a statement issued on November 1, concurrent with a raw milk freedom rally held outside FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, the agency conceded that it "has never taken, nor does it intend to take, enforcement action against an individual who purchased and transported raw milk across state lines solely for his or her own personal consumption" [www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/MilkSafety/ucm277854.htm].  This statement reverses FDA's prior position in which the agency reserved the option of taking action against individual consumers crossing state lines with raw milk. Federal regulation 21 CFR ยง 1240.61 prohibits the introduction of raw milk for human consumption into interstate commerce.

A caravan of moms brought raw milk across state lines on November 1 and served it to rally participants in front of FDA headquarters.

"Unfortunately, FDA's announcement allowing individuals to transport raw milk across state lines is filled with the same misinformation that the agency has spread in the past," says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization that sponsors A Campaign for Real Milk, aimed at universal access to clean raw milk. "FDA continues to insist that raw milk is dangerous, when even the agency's own exaggerated list of outbreaks shows that raw milk is safer than other foods."

"FDA lists outbreaks associated with raw cheese, produced in less than sanitary conditions, as 'outbreaks caused by raw milk,' thereby inflating the number of illnesses associated with raw milk," says Fallon Morell. "The actual number of illnesses associated (but not necessarily proved) with raw milk is about forty-two per year, which makes raw milk a very safe food given the large number of raw milk consumers.  No deaths have been associated with raw milk during the past twelve years, but three people have died from tainted pasteurized milk."


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