Illinois legislators decide to leave raw milk alone
education nonprofit issues rebuttal to public health assertions
about health risks
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[April 14, 2014]
WASHINGTON (GlobeNewswire) — A proposed bill in
Illinois banning the sale and distribution of natural or "raw" milk,
is not going anywhere this session after legislators heard from
"thousands" of natural milk proponents. The restriction, which was
introduced as an amendment to an unrelated bill, would have banned
the sale and distribution of raw milk in Illinois. The sponsor,
Daniel Burke, D-23rd District, chose not to move the bill out of
committee after legislators were inundated with calls and emails
from concerned Illinois citizens.
The Weston A. Price Foundation issued a point-by-point rebuttal
last week of Illinois public health official claims that a ban
was warranted. See "Response
to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, Inc." on
the Campaign for Real Milk website.
"I am convinced, by virtue
of the thousands of communications I've received, that natural
dairy should continue to be made available to our society. If
people believe this product is beneficial, I am not going to
interfere with that," Burke said. Known in Springfield for his
record in support of farmers, Burke claims, "It was never my
intention to put any restriction on the farmers."
Under current Illinois law, farmers can sell an unlimited
amount of raw milk on the farm without a permit. And, according
to those active in opposing the amendment, that is how they
would prefer to keep the law.
"When I am able to purchase this healthful product within
Illinois, I am able to support farmers I know and trust," says
Vicki McConnell, a Lee County resident and active supporter of
access to natural milk. "Supporting our local economy is as
important to me as accessing healthy products for my family. I
am grateful that the legislators see the sense in not imposing
additional restrictions on this voluntary exchange for food."
After the amendment was introduced, consumers and farmers
alike rallied to inform elected officials about the benefits of
natural milk. Farmers brought samples of the milk to the state
Capitol. Representatives learned about the importance of this
local product, with some even opting to try fresh milk for the
first time. Several allegedly said it was the best milk they've
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Burke says a Cook County Health Department official who was
concerned with not having regulations in place for off-farm sales
and distribution asked him to introduce the amendment. Burke notes
that he learned a lot from the people who contacted his office
expressing their concerns.
"With the increasing popularity of the beverage, including
legislation introduced on the national level, it just doesn't make
sense to interfere with the direct relationship between the people
who produce this food and the people who want it," says Burke. "I
have no intention of moving forward with this bill. I would like to
see the law remain as it is, and I appreciate all those who took the
time to contact me with their opinions."
[Text from file received from
Weston A. Price Foundation]
The Campaign for Real Milk is a project
of the nutrition education nonprofit The Weston A. Price Foundation.
Based in Washington, D.C., the foundation is the leading advocacy
group promoting broader consumer access to safety-tested raw milk.
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