MADISON (WSAU) A Republican state lawmaker says he’ll try again to legalize raw milk in Wisconsin. West Bend Senator Glenn Grothman says he’ll introduce a new bill in the next few weeks. And the governor’s office says Scott Walker is open to approving the measure – but only if it has safeguards to protect public health and the integrity of the state’s dairy industry.
Grothman tried passing a bill in 2011 that would have allowed farmers to sell raw-milk and related products, but it never got out of a committee. In 2010, raw milk legislation made it all the way to the governor’s desk. But Democrat Jim Doyle vetoed it after a last-minute lobbying push by the state’s dairy industry, which said that even one outbreak of illness from raw milk would tarnish Wisconsin’s world-wide reputation. The Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition says it’s still impossible to make unpasteurized milk safe.
Raw milk’s supporters say it has healthy nutrients that are ruined in the pasteurization process – and consumers should be able to decide for themselves if they want to drink it.