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Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales in Del.

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- A new bill aims to make it to legal to sell raw milk in Delaware.

Right now, only pasteurized milk is available in the state. The FDA requires all milk sold across state lines to be pasteurized. Some states allow the sale of unpasteurized, or raw, milk inside state lines.

Chad Snader loves raw milk. "I think it's delicious," says Snader.

Snader lives in Harrington and he wants to start a small farm.

"The first thing we thought of was if we have a cow, that's a lot of milk," he said. "What are we going to do with the extra milk? Well, sell it... no, we won't, because that's illegal here in Delaware."

In fact, Delaware is one of 20 states that doesn't allow the sale of raw milk. Snader asked State Rep. Bobby Outten, R-Harrington, to try to get Delaware off that list.

However, doing that may not be easy. The Delaware Farm Bureau isn't supporting the bill right now. The State Department of Agriculture opposes the bill. The Department of Public Health does, too.

It released a statement saying: "Raw milk is unsafe.  It can make people sick and can be deadly."

It goes on to say infants, toddlers, and pregnant women are at particular risk.

There have been raw milk issues in other states. Recently, milk from a farm in south central Pennsylvania allegedly made a number of people sick.

"I've been drinking it for two and a half years from a host of farms and never had one issue," said Snader.

He adds if people are worried about the safety of raw milk then they just shouldn't drink it.

"No one is forcing you to drink it. It's been great for me. It's been great for my family. I want to be able to drink it and I want to be able to sell it to folks who are like minded," added Snader.

The bill would allow raw milk sales at the farm that produced. It would not give the green light to retail sales. Snader says he'd like to see that down the line, too.   

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