New law permits farmers to sell more raw milk

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A new law allows Vermont farmers to sell up to 50 quarts of raw milk a day, but some farmers say the demand is much greater.

Fans of raw milk consider it more nutritious and easier to digest than pasteurized milk. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls it inherently dangerous given that it can contain harmful bacteria.

Maine is one of eight states that allow the sale of raw milk at retail stores. In New Hampshire, farmers can sell directly to consumers, but are limited to five gallons a day unless they get licenses. Seven farms are able to sell to grocery stores because they are licensed and routinely inspected.

22 states ban the sale of raw milk for human consumption, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits cross-border sales.

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