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Tennessee Legislature Fails to Act on Raw Milk Bill

05/03/2019

Following outbreaks of E. coli O157: H7 from raw milk resulting in hemolytic uremic syndrome during 2018, Senator (Dr.) Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) introduced Senate Bill 15 which would have restricted distribution of potentially contaminated product. The Bill would have allowed consumption of raw milk only by a sole owner of a dairy effectively outlawing the co-sharing schemes intended to circumvent any ban on sale of raw milk.

The legislature of the state of Tennessee has effectively deferred consideration of the Bill until resumption of the General Assembly, adjourned for 2019.

 

Failure to enact legislation as proposed by Senator Briggs is retrograde and endangers public health.  EGG-NEWS has consistently maintained that providing children with raw milk is a form of abuse given the risk and consequences involved.