The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that would de-regulate the sale of homemade foods at farmers markets and between producers and consumers. Republican Sue Wallis of Recluse says it would allow the sale of meat and unpasteurized, raw milk. Lawmakers considered removing meat from the bill, but the amendment was defeated. Wallis says if consumers buy locally, that money will get spread throughout communities.
Revisions to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s proposed food safety rules could make it easier to obtain raw milk. Raw milk is unprocessed, unpasteurized milk. The originally proposed food safety rules said that raw milk could only be used by the sole owners of a milk cow and their families or guests.
Manager of Consumer Health Services, Dean Finkenbinder, says the word ‘sole’ was removed after about 130 people spoke out at public meetings and a public hearing.