Thursday, June 13, 2013

Raw Milk Update: Bill Revising Nevada Raw Milk Sales and Distribution Vetoed by Governor

On June 6, 2013, the Governor of Nevada vetoed a bill that would have allowed raw milk, certified by a county milk commission, to be sold at retail outlets or directly off the farm to anywhere in the state. The bill previously passed in the House and in the Senate with only four negative votes. According to several press releases, Governor Sandoval cited the Food and Drug Administration, the American Medical Association, and Nevada’s own state health officer’s concerns that raw (unpasteurized) milk is unsafe for consumption as his reason for vetoing the bill. As of today, Governor Sandoval’s veto message has not been posted.

Currently in Nevada, raw milk can be sold if the county milk commission certifies its sale; however, the raw milk may only be sold in that county. This bill would have allowed for inter-county sales of raw milk.

For the full text of the bill, please visit the Nevada State Legislature’s website.
Written By Sarah Doyle - Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
June 13, 2013  

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