It’s looking like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may go the way of former Gov. Jim Doyle when it comes to legalizing the sale of unpasteurized raw milk.

Walker’s most recent comments on the topic indicate he, like Doyle, isn’t going to do it unless the medical profession and dairy industry voice support for it.

“I'll be listening to the people in the profession... in particular health professionals," Walker told the Associated Press. "If they can give us a sense that the safety and well-being of consumers of dairy products can be guaranteed, that would be a key threshold for us."

Walker’s comments were included in a recent article by the Wisconsin Ag Connection.

The Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition, a group comprised of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is lobbying against the bill.

“We are opposed to the bill because we think the pasteurization process is the way to make dairy products safe and to maintain the integrity of the state’s dairy industry,” said Shawn Pfaff, a lobbyist for the coalition and mayor of Fitchburg.

Doyle vetoed a bill similar to Senate Bill 236 in 2010 that would have allowed for direct farmer-to-consumer sales of raw milk. Neither bill would allow for raw milk to be sold in retail stores.

The bill now being debated is sponsored by Republican Sens. Glenn Grothman and Dale Schultz. Two public hearings, one in Madison and one in La Crosse, were held on it in the past week.

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digger

Scott Walker ONLY listens to the Koch Twins!

WI_Expat

Liberal logic:

Scientist says "climate change" = Proof positive!

Scientist says "Pasteurization Good" = Can't trust a scientist!

Wis_BlogRider

What about all the antibiotics, growth hormones and other chemicals you are putting into your body that are in the pasteurized milk you are currently buying off the grocery store shelf that came from large corporate farms? The corporate dairy industry does not want to talk about those poisons do they?

Polkadot

Not sure why Walker needs to listen to anyone. Look around at all the senior citizens who are still alive, and deduce that raw milk isn't a problem. But, you know, if your evidence isn't palmed with a 20, it's dismissed.

aspyder

“ … well-being of consumers of dairy products can be guaranteed … “

Where or when is the well-being of consumers GUARANTEED? If your looking for guarantees the closest you'll get is growing your food yourself. This government (Federal) believes you only have a right to know what THEY decide you should know about your food .

So all those years growing up on a farm and drinking milk right out of the cow was a bad thing?
Of course the dairy industry is against it, you’re eliminating all the middlemen. Their job depends on you not buying direct or making your own dairy products.
As far as I’m concerned as long as the consumer is aware of the risk and willing to take responsibility for that risk why shouldn’t they be able to buy direct from the farmer?

PapaLorax

I appreciate the concern of the dairy industry...if all of a sudden "milk kills 4 people" is a headline it could be very devastating to the industry as a whole.

aspyder

Well that would be just another fine example of the press acting irresponsibly now wouldn't it?
I'm sure that they (the press) would jump all over any raw milk problem and so identify it.

PapaLorax

wonder what those medical professionals would indicate on the safety of cigarettes? and pork rinds? I guess we are only concerned with food that can harm us immediately...you know like booze. wait.

just to be clear - I don't mind any of those things being available. The information has been made available to everyone the potential negative impacts associated with those products...just like raw milk. Freedom is a great thing.

ArchieBunkersKidBrother
ArchieBunkersKidBrother

I agree with part of your premise. The problem with allowing the sale of raw milk is that some people who drink it are somewhat fanatical about that and will give it to their children who don't really have a choice as to whether they drink it or not. Oh well - we allow stupid people to have conceal carry permits; their kids get killed all the time by their careless use of deadly firearms and nobody seems concerned about it, so I guess this is no big deal either.

aspyder

Yep, 'fanatical people' feed raw milk to their kids all the time when I was growing up.

Where are these 'stories' of careless concealed carry permit holders? I've read of gun owners including more than a few law officers who have left their firearm lying around carelessly and had their children use it wrongly. But I've not seen any identified as CC permit holders.

Maerzie
Maerzie

Yes, nobody is making anybody drink raw milk! But I like all the advantages of raw milk, like making my own CHEAP Greek yogurt, etc. And right! There are all kinds of poisons and harmful things easily accessible on the market. Alcohol is one of the most physically and mentally destructive DRUGS there are, and it is available almost everywhere, for anyone who wants it, even though it is common knowledge of all the damage it can do.

davea

Who ever gives Walker the most money will win! "Pay to Play", is Walker's only play book!

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