Dairy farmers in Portland will now be allowed to sell unpasteurized milk at markets without having to inform consumers of potential health risks.
The city council narrowly voted yesterday not to amend its Farmers Market Ordinance to require vendors to disclose health hazards of consuming so-called raw milk, according to the Portland Press Herald. The council’s Health and Recreation Committee in November recommended the change to provide consumers with data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that consumption of raw milk can lead to hospitalization and be dangerous for certain people. Supporters of raw milk sales say consumers interested in those products are well informed about them and that other retail locations are authorized to sell similar products. Councilors voted 5-4 to remove the consumer warning amendment.
In November, the Maine Department of Agriculture sued Dan Brown, a Blue Hill farmer, for selling unpasteurized milk without a license.