Raw Milk legalization bill filed in Arkansas

February 28th, 2013. HB1536 has been filed by Rep Randy Alexander (R)  HB1536: “TO PROMOTE LOCAL MILK PRODUCTS; TO ALLOW THE INCIDENTAL SALE OF WHOLE MILK THAT IS NOT PASTEURIZED; AND TO ALLOW THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH TO MAKE RULES FOR THE SALES.”

Upcoming Events. 3/6/2013 10:00:00 AM. Committee on AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- HOUSE.

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Text of the bill:

Arkansas Code § 20-59-248 is amended to read as follows:
20-59-248. Incidental sales of goat milk and whole milk that has not been pasteurized not prohibited.
(a) For purposes of this section,:
(1) “Incidental sales of goat milk and whole milk 30 that has not been pasteurized” are those sales where the average monthly number of gallons sold does not exceed five hundred gallons;
(2) ”Locally produced whole milk products” means whole milk that has been produced on an Arkansas farm; and (3)(A) “Whole milk” means the lacteal secretion obtained by the complete milking of one (1) or more healthy cows, properly fed and kept, that when offered for sale contains at least three and one-fourth percent (3¼%) of butterfat and eight and one-fourth percent (8¼%) solids not fat.
(B) “Whole milk” does not include lacteal secretion obtained within fifteen (15) days before or five (5) days after calving or a longer period if necessary to render the milk practically colostrum free.
(b) This subchapter does not prohibit incidental sales of raw goat milk whole milk that has not been pasteurized directly to consumers at the farm where the milk is produced or preclude the advertising of incidental sales of goat 10 milk and whole milk that has not been pasteurized.
(c) With respect to whole milk that has not been pasteurized, the State Board of Health may make rules that:
(1) Provide for the random inspection of a facility that produces, processes, stores, or sells whole milk for human consumption that has not been pasteurized; (2) Require the seller to:
(A) Post at the point of sale a warning that the whole milk has not been pasteurized; and
(B) Affix a label to the bottle or package warning that the whole milk has not been pasteurized; and
(3) Recommend guidelines for the processing, packaging, bottling, storing, and transporting of whole milk for human consumption that has not been pasteurized.
(4) The board shall not adopt a rule regarding whole milk that has not been pasteurized that is more stringent than rules adopted for other milk products sold in Arkansas.

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