Senate passes raw milk bill that will allow product to be more easily regulated by state

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PIERRE, South Dakota — The state Senate has passed a bill that would put raw milk in its own category under state law, which would allow it to be more easily regulated by the state.

The legislation is a result of a workgroup set up by the Department of Agriculture following a stalemate in last year's legislative session. The bill doesn't legalize retail sales of raw milk.

The bill puts raw milk in the same regulatory category as Grade A milk and manufacturing-grade milk.

Stacy Revels is a policy adviser for the Department of Agriculture. She says raw milk needs to be in its own category so that the department can better create regulations, like what bacterial testing is necessary.

The bill also says that raw milk can no longer be sold at farmer's markets.

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