PA Agriculture Secretary Says Raw Milk Sales Legal in Pennsylvania With Permit, Testing

Free Permits Available to Farmers

May 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

    HARRISBURG, Pa., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary
 Dennis Wolff reminded Pennsylvanians that sales of raw milk and aged, hard
 cheeses made from raw milk are legal in Pennsylvania with a permit and
 inspections for public health.
     Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized.
 Pennsylvania farms selling raw milk must be permitted and have samples of
 their milk laboratory tested due to the health risks associated with the
 unpasteurized products.
     Wolff said the public can find a list of permitted, legal raw milk
 sellers in Pennsylvania at
     "Pennsylvania, unlike some states, allows the sale of raw milk and
 certain raw milk products," said Wolff. "We recognize the potential risks
 associated with raw milk, and have a responsibility to protect the health
 and safety of all Pennsylvanians. That means ensuring that all raw and
 pasteurized milk sellers, regardless of their customer base, are meeting
 the standards of the law."
     The Department of Agriculture inspects dairy farms for cleanliness and
 sanitation, and requires testing be done on both the cows and milk for
 harmful bacteria.
     Dairy farmers can obtain the free permit from the Department of
 Agriculture after passing inspections and tests showing they meet the
 requirements of the law.
     CONTACT: Chris L. Ryder
     (717) 787-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture