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Bipartisan legislation introduced last week (House Bill 309) would allow the personal consumption and limited sale of unpasteurized milk (and milk products) for people who own (or partially own) a lactating animal, such as a cow, goat, or sheep.
According to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, North Carolina is one of just 17 states that prohibits the sale of raw milk for human consumption (although it is legal to purchase raw milk here as pet food).
Thirty three states currently allow the sale of raw milk for human consumption; eleven of those, including South Carolina, allow for its direct retail sale. The remaining states limit sales to qualifying farms or through herdshare and cowsharing programs. Click here for an interactive state-by-state map of raw milk laws across the nation.
“This is a natural food product that is increasingly popular in our state and which has been around for generations,” said Representative Dennis Riddell, the bill’s primary sponsor.
Raw milk enthusiasts in North Carolina are known as “moo-shiners.”