Here’s a story from the Baltimore Sun about a bill being introduced that would legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk in the state. Currently that’s an unregulated underground market. The story is dated Feb. 16, 2009 and is by Meredith Cohn. Here’s an excerpt:
“The cows, about 75 of them, graze and enjoy an unseasonably warm day on the 260-acre Bellevale farm in Baltimore County, about 20 miles north of downtown. It’s a few hours until milking time.
Together they produce hundreds of gallons of raw milk that is sold to organic milk producer Horizon for about $3 a gallon. It’s pasteurized and turned into cartons sold at the grocery store. Part of farmer Bobby Prigel thinks that’s a shame.
There are enough people in Maryland who would pay $6 a gallon or more for the unpasteurized, or raw, milk directly from him – if that were legal. State health officials say raw milk is dangerous because it can carry E. coli, salmonella and other nasty bacteria, and has already made many people around the state and nation sick. Continue reading