PORTLAND, Maine — A pair of Congress members from opposite sides of the political aisle wants to stop the federal government from interfering with interstate traffic of raw milk.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that raw milk and products made from raw milk can pose severe health risks. The agency has linked disease outbreaks from pathogens such as salmonella and listeria to raw milk.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine said Friday they are are submitting the Interstate Milk Freedom Act to make it easier to ship unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for human consumption across state lines.
It’s legal to sell raw milk in 28 states. Massie said the federal government shouldn’t be allowed to “shut down trade between peaceful farmers and willing consumers.” Pingree described raw milk as the only food banned for interstate commerce, and said that regulation hurts small farmers.
Pingree and Massie both raise livestock. They’ve attempted this law change in the past and not succeeded.