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Big Dairy GroupsTrying to Shoot Down Wisconsin's Raw Milk Bill

Two large groups that represent the interest of the American dairy industry are taking aim at Wisconsin's pending raw milk law. The National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association are criticizing members of the state legislature for 'downplaying the food safety risks' inherent in raw dairy products, and urged federal lawmakers to take measures restricting such sales.

As part of the bill, which Governor Jim Doyle says he will likely sign into law, dairy farms will be able to sell milk directly to consumers through December 2011 under certain restrictions. But Jerry Kozak, president and CEO of NMPF, says the policy is irresponsible.