Here’s an excerpt from a recent story on David E. Gumpert’s The Complete Patient blog which gives some useful background and perspective on what’s at stake in public policy decisions on raw milk sales in Connecticut. David’s post was titled “Connecticut’s Raw Milk Proponents Mount a Counter-Offensive to State Ag’s Anti-Retail Campaign“.
“Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture is mounting a full-court press to eliminate retail sales of raw milk, via legislation that would confine sales to farms. Connecticut is one of just a handful of states that allow retail sales, and the state’s location in the middle of the Northeast, adjoining New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, which prohibit retail sales, make it a handy shopping spot for out-of-staters and Connecticut residents.
Today, the issue came to a head during hearings in the Connecticut legislature. The commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, F. Philip Prelli (seen in the photo, at left, debating the matter with one of about 150 consumers who showed up to oppose the effort), gave a presentation to the legislators that sounded as if it was drafted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Continue reading