Ever since 1959, the State of Wisconsin has banned the sale of raw milk for safety's sake, requiring all milk for sale to be pasteurized. However, the state Legislature is now considering a bill that could legalize the sale of raw milk. The law was originally made because raw milk contains a lot of bacteria, and the pasteurization process heats the milk and kills the dangerous pathogens, according to the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
Proponents of the new law say raw milk tastes better and that pasteurization kills a lot of healthy nutrients in the milk. Health officials are against the bill, though, citing a 35-person campylobacteria outbreak in Walworth County caused by raw milk consumption. Illness from raw milk can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, officials say.
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