Be aware that potentially lethal diseases (like TB) are effectively transmitted via unpasteurized milk and milk derivatives. On the other hand, raw milk from healthy cows is generally more nutritious and better tasting. Just be damn sure your cows are disease free and the milk is handled hygienically
Within the legal framework of your state or states, the CSA part of it will have to be worked out between the participating parties; producers, distributors and consumers; within the the legal framework relating to commerce (as distinct from public health). If you cross state lines, you will have to take into account any federal law applicable. These are referred to in:
"An Evaluation of the Role of Microbiological Criteria for Foods and Food Ingredients"
National Academy Press. My copy is dated 1985 and was sent by Chuck Benbrook* who was head of the Board on Agriculture of the National research Council at the time (1989), when I was consulting for the local municipal government here. There may be a later edition.
* Governments need more people like him in positions of authority, so that public policies are both enlightened and support the public interest. The fact that he is no longer there is yet another indicator suggesting that the direction public policies have taken during the last ten years is suspect (at least in part) and we should not forget that this too is subject to influence from knowledgeable members of the public (like many on this list), so that it is not only the private, self serving commercial interests that have access to the ear of those in positions of power.
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On 21/05/99 at 10:52 AM Mark wrote:
>Here in MA most dairy farmers do not publicly sell raw milk (so I've been
>told). The reason I have heard is that many people, especially children,
>who do not grow up on a dairy farm or who do not drink the raw milk often
>have a hard time digesting it. I was told it has something to do with
>exposure to organisms (bacteria, etc) that farm kids grow up with. A dairy
>farmer in MA gave some samples to suburban kids on a farm tour and some got
>quite sick. Can they sell raw milk in VT?
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