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
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."
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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
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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