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Raw milk debate reignitedSubmitted: 09/17/2013
Story By Associated Press

LA CROSSE - Wisconsin lawmakers again debate whether people should be allowed to get milk straight from the cow.

A state Senate committee heard testimony Monday in La Crosse on a bill that would allow farmers to sell unpasteurized milk directly to consumers.

Retail sales in grocery stores would still be banned.

Supporters believe raw milk tastes better and has greater health benefits.

But opponents argue that unpasteurized milk is a hazard to public health and to Wisconsin's $2.6 billion dairy industry.

Democratic state Rep. Chris Danou of Trempealeau told the committee the bill offers guidelines for what is already happening.

But media reports say a spokesman for the Safe Milk Coalition said the group would oppose any new legislation making it easier to sell raw milk.

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