SD Lawmakers Reject Rules On Raw Milk Sales
by Associated Press
August 21, 2013 4:31 PM
A South Dakota legislative committee has rejected proposed state rules that would govern the production and sale of raw milk.
The Rules Review Committee voted 3-2 to send the proposed rules back to the state Agriculture Department for more work.
Sen. Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, says some committee members believe the Agriculture Department has not done enough to determine what financial impact the proposed rules would have on farmers who produce raw milk for sale.
Raw milk producers argue the rules are unnecessary would require them to spend a lot of money.
The proposed rules would cover the production, testing and labeling of raw milk offered for sale. State officials say the proposed rules provide a reasonable framework for making sure raw milk sold in South Dakota is safe.